May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”…. (Ru 2:12).
I think it is noteworthy to point out that Ruth was not looking for Boaz, but she was indeed looking for God. It was God in whose wings she came to take refuge. Truly, it was not a man she was seeking, but God and His love for her.
Many of us believe that if we want something from God we need to go seeking after the things we want and pray for God’s blessings along the way. I don’t think that’s the right approach at all. Without a right perspective on God and His love for us, whatever we’re seeking can quickly turn into an idol in our own hearts. Without us even knowing, our pursuit of something can deter us from our pursuit of Almighty God. Then, when we don’t get what we want, we’ll believe God to be lacking in some way.
We must start pursuing God- period. As we pursue Him, He lights our path and blesses our journey. You see, Ruth wasn’t seeking Boaz and quite frankly, Boaz wasn’t seeking Ruth either. The two of them finding one another was simply thanks to God’s loving-kindness. Their paths crossed because God loves to give good gifts to His children and both of them were doing one simple thing; seeking God.
There’s something important to note about Boaz. Boaz wasn’t some relationship hungry man seeking to win a woman over. Instead, his heart and actions show that he was ready to receive her. A man’s role should never be to seek a woman, win her over and be done with it. No, he must be ready, with all of his heart, soul, mind, and strength to receive her. You see, it was in God’s wings that Ruth came to take refuge, but any man in pursuit of God should understand that His role is to do the same, taking his wife under his wings of protection, provision, and blessing.
Until we are ready to receive someone, we will never be a blessing to them in marriage or in any friendship for that matter. Boaz was ready to receive Ruth because His heart was fully alive in the Lord. It wasn’t a relationship with a woman he was seeking, but simply, he was a man of standing, seeking after God. When we seek after God, He pours out blessing upon our lives. As we are going in our pursuit of Him, He pours out His eternal love into our hearts. He makes a way in the wilderness and He lavishes favor upon us when it is undeserved.
Lord, you are such a good gift giver. You hold my heart in your hands. I am your beloved. You know the deep longings of my heart. May my greatest pursuit be to run after your heart. Oh Lord, I want to know you in every way possible! Make me like you, in Jesus name, Amen!