10 Then he said, “May the Lord bless you, my daughter. You have shown more kindness now than before, because you have not pursued younger men, whether rich or poor. 11 Now don’t be afraid, my daughter. I will do for you whatever you say, since all the people in my town know that you are a woman of noble character. 12 Yes, it is true that I am a family redeemer, but there is a redeemer closer than I am. 13 Stay here tonight, and in the morning, if he wants to redeem you, that’s good. Let him redeem you. But if he doesn’t want to redeem you, as the Lord lives, I will. Now lie down until morning.”
Modern-day American culture doesn’t take kindly to waiting. The thought of having to spend time in line at the DMV or even in the Starbucks drive-through lane doesn’t sit well with us. This reality has made life in the digital age much more convenient, yet also more frustrating somehow in light of our own senses of entitlement. We know what we want and have a game plan for getting there. Yet a life lived in step with the Lord is not one marked by instant gratification, as we can see in the lives of both Ruth and Boaz here in chapter 3 of her story.
When I think about Ruth and all the hardships she has had to endure, I hate that she has to wait yet another day for an answer regarding her uncertain future. To her in the moment, it no doubt would’ve felt like an eternity. Picture it for yourself: you’re a woman, a widow, a foreigner, and an outsider who cannot provide for yourself within your new culture. Everything you had certainty and security in is long gone. You’ve met someone who can redeem the messes and losses in your life. But still you have to wait.
Luckily, the story of redemption is bigger than long wait times and socio-cultural confines. Boaz’s role as the kinsman-redeemer in the story parallels that of our Messiah, Jesus. In humility, he takes on the protection and provision of someone he has no obligation to do so for. He makes an oath to her that he will do all that he can, yet the time wasn’t right to make good on this promise quite yet.
Ruth knows she can depend on the word of Boaz in light of all the other ways he had taken care of her in the past. Though she doesn’t know how her story is going to pan out, she knows that Boaz’s oath can be trusted, as well as the God in whom she has placed her trust.
You and I are likewise living in the “already but not yet” era as we await the fullness of God’s promises in the here and now. How can we wait well on the threshing floor until daylight comes with our answer? We must trust that, as with Ruth and the word of Boaz, the promises of the Lord will be fulfilled in our lives. We trust in the darkness, knowing that the sun is soon to rise and bring clarity in the midst of our uncertainty.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Like Ruth, is there something in your life that you’re waiting on the Lord to provide?
- Can you honestly say you are waiting well from this place on the threshing floor?
- Have you surrendered this desire to Him fully, trusting that He sees your situation clearly and can do what’s best in the midst of your needs and uncertainty?
Pray for boldness to share the gospel among the staff of Every Girl Counts, a Hope for the World partner ministry working in Kenya. Pray for discipleship in the Scripture to take root in the hearts of the staff and students.