v 12. But while it’s true that I am one of your family redeemers, there is another man who is more closely related to you than I am. Stay here tonight, and in the morning I will talk to him. If he is willing to redeem you, very well. Let him marry you. But if he is not willing, then as surely as the Lord lives, I will redeem you myself! Now lie down here until morning.”
Well said, Boaz! Here is a man with integrity, plenty of good sense and a genuine desire to do the right thing. Clearly, he wants to marry Ruth, but doesn’t let that desire run away with him – if it is to be so then it has to be done the right way. ‘There is another man’ must have been a real splash of cold water on Ruth’s ardour. She was going to have to wait for Boaz to do things properly. And all the time, at the back of her mind, must have been the thought ‘What if this other man claims me?’ For both of them, the outcome is not in their hands. It lies with this other, unnamed, man. It must be so hard to spend even a few hours knowing that your entire future lies in the hands of another. Might the outcome leave you unhappy?
But here is the ultimate reality – who is really calling the shots? Is it the other man – is it Boaz? Neither. Their lives were in God’s hands. One senses both the passion and the calmness of leaving events in God’s hands.
Have you ever been in that situation? Are you in it now? Be assured you can trust your Heavenly Father to do the very best for you.