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In a Season of Waiting? Precious Lessons and Encouragement for Singles from the Book of Ruth Pt 2
This is the continuation of the previous hub. Read part 1 HERE.
Each time I read Ruth, I realize how God’s timing for each of us is perfect. He places us in different situations, and allows us to find favor with certain individuals, and He is always proving Himself to be sovereign and loving. Although the wait for a future spouse seems long and often impossible, I think we can see from stories like Ruth, that God’s plan is the best plan for each of us, and He knows the timing that is perfect for each of our lives.
What are some of the things that we are waiting for in our lives? We can trust God to provide for us and supply all our needs, in His perfect timing!
3. Godly husbands love and provide for their wives
Each time I read how Boaz provided for Ruth - through assuring her that she was welcome to glean in his fields, telling her to follow the female servants, telling the men not to disturb her... it just warms my heart. As Christian ladies, we are to submit to the authority of our husbands - so many times people think of this in a negative way, as though we were serving men - but God designed women to help men, who are the spiritual heads of the family, and I think that godly husbands are definitely a joy to submit to.
A potential husband who displays the provider characteristics like Boaz did are good signs. Too often, as ladies we are easily blinded by charm and sweet words that are not accompanied by action. Boaz is a clear example to me that there are more important characteristics in a husband that I must look out for.
In fact, the Bible records how Boaz treated Ruth before she became his wife. It is good to observe how someone treats you AND those around you as you make an assessment of his character. Boaz treated his laborers with respect and perhaps at that time when he was kind to Ruth, he didn’t know or expect that she might be his future wife.
4. Jesus is our kinsmen redeemer
What exactly is a kinsmen redeemer? In the olden times, when a woman became widowed, the kinsman redeemer was a next-of-kin, a blood relative, who would take in the the widow as his own wife and provide for her. This was a way to secure safety, food, and a home for the widow and her children, as a woman's social status in those days were dependent very heavily on their marriages.
In this case of Ruth, the first kinsmen redeemer that had the first right to ‘buy’ Ruth did not want to take Ruth in. So Boaz, who was the second in line, then took Ruth as his wife.
In the case of Christians, as children of God, we can say that Jesus is our kinsmen redeemer because when we were sinners, he redeemed us from eternal death, and made us righteous through His blood. How wonderful is this?
If you read Ruth, you will find more and more hidden gems of God’s love and wisdom. I encourage you to read Ruth, not just from the perspective of romance, but from the perspective of everyday living.
What other lessons have you learned from Ruth? Please share them in the comment boxes below!
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