May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord , the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge. (Ruth 2:12 NIV)
Something that quickly becomes apparent about the book of Ruth is that it is a story of character and of blessing.
Previously we are struck by the character of Ruth to display such devotion and tenacity to leave all she knew to be with Naomi. From that it was clear that there must have been something about the character of Naomi that compelled Ruth to take those steps even though her mother-in-law was going through the bitterness of loss.
In this chapter of the story we are introduced to Boaz. We come across him because of another expression of the remarkable character of Ruth in not just moping around waiting for something, but taking the initiative to go gleaning. As Naomi would later inform Ruth, working in the fields of Boaz was a point of good fortune because she could have been cruelly exploited by others because of her status.
As it is, her character of devotion and care for her mother-in-law left its impact on Boaz. Thus just as the character of Naomi left a mark on Ruth, so now Ruth is leaving a positive mark on the life of another and one in a significant position of influence.
The blessing of Boaz, however, cannot be overlooked. His gracious acts for the sake of Ruth and her mother-in-law are tremendous and speaks volumes about his character. Yet that blessing he leaves with her us about endorsing the relationship she finds herself with God now that she has made her steps of devotion.
Here also is a man of responsibility who doesn’t just speak a blessing, but acts with God to back up that blessing with those acts of kindness. It already marks out the character of Boaz as a man and as an employer that can influence other men in how they treat others,especially strangers.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden