Devotional Series on Faith
Friday June 16, 2017
3: 7 When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. 8 In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned—and there was a woman lying at his feet!
9 “Who are you?” he asked.
“I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer of our family.”
10 “The Lord bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. 11 And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character. … 16 When Ruth came to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, “How did it go, my daughter?”
Then she told her everything Boaz had done for her 17 and added, “He gave me these six measures of barley, saying, ‘Don’t go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.’”
18 Then Naomi said, “Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens. For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today.”
- As we approach Father’s day it seems fitting to ask the question, “What does a real man look like?” We need to look no further than Boaz as depicted here in the Book of Ruth. If Ruth might be considered a heroin in this story, certainly Boaz is a hero.
- Here is the portrait of a real man: A real man is first and foremost a believer and a follower of God. Boaz was without question a man of great faith and strong conviction in God.
- A real man gives generously to those in need. Boaz was wealthy but he was not stingy. So often times those who have much hoard what they have and even complain that they never have enough. Boaz was content with what he had and he gave to those in need by allowing the needy to come and to glean from his fields without cost. Not only did this show Boaz’ generosity it also demonstrated his faith in God because in doing this he was obeying the Word of God that said, Lev. 23:22 “‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the Lord your God.’”
- A real man values character above all else. Boaz was attracted to Ruth because she was a woman of virtuous character demonstrated by her actions in leaving her homeland for the sake of her mother-in-law, Naomi as well as adopting Naomi’s faith as her own.
- A real man will do whatever is necessary to protect his wife and family. Boaz wasted no time securing Ruth’s future as his wife. To achieve this goal required wisdom, cunning, and risk. Boaz’ primary concern was ensuring that Ruth would be provided for and taken care of and believing God would take care of the rest.
- A real man loves unconditionally, gives sacrificially and lives with integrity!