Biblical Story Of Boaz And Ruth With Lessons
In our article today, we will be looking at the story of Boaz and Ruth with lessons. The story of Boaz and Ruth can be seen in the scripture, the book of Ruth 1-2. The story was about a beautiful young widow named Ruth, whose husband died some years back, but Ruth remained steadfast in honoring and serving God and people with all her heart, body, soul and spirit. Despite her husband’s death, she kept staying in her mother in law’s house by the name Naomi. Naomi was also a widow and Ruth promised to stand by Naomi, all the days of her life, promising her that wherever she goes, she will go, and that her God, will also be her God. So, the two traveled from Moab to Naomi’s home in Bethlehem just as the harvest of barley was starting.
Ruth just so happened to glean in a field owned by a man named Boaz, a relative of Naomi’s dead husband. When Boaz came out to see how the harvesters fared, he noticed Ruth and asked about her. Learning that she was a hard worker, he pulled her aside and told her to glean alongside his servant girls so that she would be safe from possible molesters among the harvesters. And Boaz gave Ruth freedom to drink from his water jars as she worked.
So, she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” Boaz responded that he had heard of Ruth’s devotion to Naomi, how she left her homeland to be a companion to her weary mother-in-law. And he admired her newfound faith in the God of Israel. Boaz blessed Ruth, saying, “May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge. One day, Naomi, Ruth’s mother-in-law told her to wash herself and anoint herself, and to also put on her best garment and go down to the threshing floor; but that she should not make herself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. Then it shall be, when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies; and you shall go in, uncover his feet, and lie down; and he will tell you what you should do. So, Ruth replied to her mother-in-law that whatever she asks her to do, she will do it. And after Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was cheerful, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came softly, uncovered his feet, and lay down. At midnight, Boaz noticed someone was lying at his feet and asked who it was. And Ruth replied she was the one and she did all her mother-in-law told her to do and it all came to pass that Ruth found more favor in the eyes of Boaz.” From that day onward Ruth continued to find favor in the sight of Boaz and all the servants. In chapter 4 of Ruth, Boaz took Ruth to be his wife, and Ruth’s lineage was traced to David and Jesus’ descendants.
Lessons To Learn From The Story Of Boaz And Ruth.
- Ruth was broken by the death of her husband, but she still trusted in God to help her. Sometimes, we may be faced with troubles and trials that may look bigger than us, but we should be like Ruth that says ‘though I am broken by these circumstances, but I will not let it define who I am in Christ Jesus. Faith in the promises of God, is what can keep us going despite what we may be facing or what we have faced. God owns the final say over our lives; therefore, we must trust in His plan for us. We must be able to say though He slays me yet will I trust Him. Job 13:15. What we believe, is what we become.
- Ruth had a ‘never giving up fighting spirit. Winners never quit. Anyone who gives up on life, has given in to defeat. We must have a never giving up spirit in whatever situation we may find ourselves in life. God already told us that in this world, we will face tribulations, but we should be of good cheer, because He has overcome the world. John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Sorrow may last for a while, but joy will always come in the morning. Ruth’s story ended well in obtaining favor in the sight of Boaz and she became a forbearer of Jesus Christ.
- Ruth persisted doing her work wholeheartedly and faithfully. There is always a reward for anyone that is doing her work diligently. Even if no one is noticing you, God will reward you and bring people around you that will reward you. The bible says in Proverbs 22:29 “Do you see a man whoexcels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men. We must be diligent in whatever we are doing, because sooner or later we will be rewarded accordingly. Just like we read that in the place of work, Ruth found favor and asides favor she found true love.
- We also learnt from Ruth’s story that she was obedient. Ruth followed the instructions of her mother-in-law, even though what brought her to that family was gone, but she was obedient to her mother in-law. This is a great lesson for us, we must never feel we are too old or too young to be advised, we must obey if we know and sure that the person advising us, is a true child of God. 1 Samuel 15:22 says” So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. If we obey the Lord’s anointed, victory is sure, and such a person in no time will fulfill his or her divine destiny.