If you have been following along in this study, then you probably are anxiously waiting at the edge of your seat, bible at upright position as to what will lie next for Boaz and Ruth. I got some good news for you my dear friend, there are wonderful things in store for these two noble people!
Ruth Chapter three begins with Naomi advising Ruth to find a permanent home, or in our terms, a new husband. Naomi has noticed how kind Boaz has been to Ruth for letting her work in his field along with other workers. Naomi tells Ruth to take a bath, wear expensive perfume, and nice clothing. Now, don’t overlook at her strange commands. Naomi is not instructing Ruth to commit an impure act, but to show Boaz that he can become her “family redeemer”. (Boaz could find someone to marry Ruth, or he could marry her himself). It may seem like apathetic business, but it leads to so much more. Later that evening, Ruth approaches Boaz’s bed, and uncovers his feet. (This showed respect to a master, Ruth being one of his workers in the field he owned, also an Israel custom). Around midnight, Boaz awoke in a fright to see a woman at his feet! “Who are you?” He demanded. “I am your servant Ruth,” she replied. “Spread the corner of your covering over me, for you are my family redeemer.” The Lord bless you, my daughter!” Boaz exclaimed. “You are showing more family loyalty now than ever by not running after a younger man, whether rich or poor. Ruth 3:8-10
Wow! What a reaction! I am blown away how they both honor each other and show such kindness. Later in this chapter, Boaz tells Ruth that he will spread word around the town of Judah of what an honorable woman Ruth was. He also stated that if he could not find anyone who would be willingly to marry her, he would marry her himself. (Awe!) Ruth laid at his feet until dawn, and before she returned back to Naomi, he gave her six scoops of barley, for he didn’t want Ruth to return empty handed. Ruth then awaited patiently with her mother-in-law for Boaz’s desicion.
What a beautiful chapter, right?! So, how can we apply this to our own lives.
Before seeking out a man, seek spiritual council: We all have someone(s) in our lives that we tell everything to. Someone we can be completely open and vulnerable. It’s so important to discuss with a trustworthy, God led individual about a dating situation. They will help you in prayer, in guidance, or just emotional support (I have to recommend my dear friend Jinny! Thanks for being my “butterfly friend” 🦋❤)
If you have found someone, are they honoring you: did you notice how Boaz reacted when he saw Ruth laying at his feet? He didn’t get angry with her. He didn’t make a scene with other men and outcast her, since she was a foreigner. He addressed her in such a Godly way. He even went far as to tell his whole towns people just how much of an honorable woman she was. Make sure you have a signifanct other in your life who only brings your reputation up and makes sure you are spoken positively.
If you’re still single and waiting, God has forgotten you: I am sure Ruth was so anxious and anticipating the decision that Boaz had to make. I’m sure she was having dozen of thoughts. Naomi gave her such encouraging advice, as it helped me: “Just be patient, my daughter, until we hear what happens. The man won’t rest until he has followed through on this.” Ruth: 3:18
God has someone out there for us. All we can do is be obedient to His word, surround ourselves with Godly influences, and trust in Him. ❤