Saturday, October 24, 2009
Under His Wings
10 So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?”
11 And Boaz answered and said to her, “It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before. 12 The LORD repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.”
13 Then she said, “Let me find favor in your sight, my lord; for you have comforted me, and have spoken kindly to your maidservant, though I am not like one of your maidservants.”
14 Now Boaz said to her at mealtime, “Come here, and eat of the bread, and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed parched grain to her; and she ate and was satisfied, and kept some back. 15 And when she rose up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. 16 Also let grain from the bundles fall purposely for her; leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her.”
(Ruth 2:10-16, New King James Version)
Under His Wings
And Boaz answered and said to her, “It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before. The LORD repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.”
I do not know which impresses me more in this passage, whether it is the humility of Ruth or the generosity of Boaz. Ruth's character is highlighted in Ruth 2:10, and the grace of Boaz is shown not only in his kindness to Ruth, but also in his words to his men in verses 15 and 16.
What picture is God showing us through this Bible couple? Ruth represents the attitude that should be evident in all Christians. Is heaven the land of our birth? Moab may have been the land of Ruth's birth, but God had a better country waiting for her. We were born into this world, but God has a better country waiting for us as well. How should we respond to such love? We should pray that God would grant to us the humility shown in the character of Ruth. We certainly do not deserve His love; nothing in us qualifies us for life with God. Only in Christ can we boast.
Boaz is a picture of Christ, who looks upon us who are foreigners, totally undeserving of His love, and surrounds us with His grace. Look at the kindness and grace that Boaz showed to Ruth. First he spoke kindly to her and encouraged her to only glean in his fields. Then, he provided for her in including her in the food and drink which was supplied to his workers. Last of all, he spoke with his men, telling them to let grain from the bundles drop purposely for Ruth.
Compare that picture to Christ, who shows us His undeserving love, cares for our daily needs, and blesses us above what we could ever hope or think. What an amazing Savior we have!
Take some time today to fellowship and pray with Christ, and rest all of your cares upon Him. Under His wings will you find hope, joy, and peace, as well as life everlasting!
God Bless You,