We’ve been studying the book of Ruth in the Old Testament and considered some of the choices made by individuals described in the narrative. We’ve seen that choices matter.
Now let’s focus on the life of Ruth. She made a number of wise choices and God began to show His pleasure and favor by bringing her into the presence of Boaz. When he met her he seemed to be blown away. I don’t know if it was love at first sight, but it sure seems like it.
Boaz made a choice right there and said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with my servant girls. Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the girls. I have told the men not to touch you, And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled” (Ruth 2:8-9).
In turn, Ruth was blown away by Boaz’s amazing invitation. She felt unworthy, being a foreigner, but Boaz went on to say, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband – how you left your father and mother and your homeland, and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”
Ruth maintained her feelings of unworthiness, even feeling inferior to the other servant girls. But Boaz continued to show her favor. Both of them made wise choices which mattered more and more.