V 12. May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.
Ruth was not a person to laze around at home when her mother-in-law needed support. So off to the fields she goes, hoping to glean enough from the left-overs to feed the pair of them. And she found herself working in the field when the boss came along – Boaz. (He had a story to tell too when you look into it. His mother was Rahab, a well-known prostitute in Jericho when Joshua captured that city as the walls collapsed. I guess you know that story too, another link in the chain of God’s long plan!)
And, would you believe it, Boaz was a relative of Ruth’s late father-in-law, ( v 3) Anyway, Boaz took note of Ruth because he had heard the tale of how she had been faithful in looking after Naomi and he determined to do all he could to help her.
Boaz stands out in my mind as a gentle and gracious man. It seems he had a good relationship with the people working in his fields, and was respected by them. (Not surprisingly, he too gets a mention in Matthew 1:5 in Jesus’ genealogy.)
Did you smile when you read v 3? ‘So Ruth went out to gather grain behind the harvesters. And as it happened, she found herself working in a field that belonged to Boaz, ‘Surely it didn’t just happen – again God’s plan was working out.
How often when we look back in life we see apparent coincidences, little things that turn out to be God’s hand working in our lives. Thank God for the way He works in life for the good of His people.