Ruth was faithful to both Naomi and to God. She is a great example of the self-giving love we are all called to offer others. Ruth puts the needs to Naomi far above her own. In the end, she finds another who offers her this same kind of sacrificial love. It is no wonder that Ruth and Boaz are part of the family tree that will one day produce Jesus.
In marrying Ruth, Boaz offers both her and Naomi kindness, protection, security, and a sense of belonging. For two women living as widows with no kin to care for them, this must have been a great relief to them. But this was not just some act of God. Boaz was drawn to Ruth when he saw her in the field, working hard to glean grain for herself and Naomi. He was drawn to her even more when he heard her story and what she had done for Naomi. Ruth remained faithful and through this both her and Naomi’s lives were redeemed.
Our faith journey is much like Ruth’s story. At times we will experience suffering and walk a hard road. But we will not be alone, God will be there too. At times we too will offer ourselves to another, giving our sacrificial love to them, following the example of Ruth and of Christ. At times we too will experience redeeming love as God will enter into our brokenness. In times when we most need God’s redeeming love, it will be there to redeem and restore us. And just as Boaz stepped in and negotiated for Ruth, Christ will step in and intercede for us before the throne of God. And just as Ruth was faithful, so too must we be faithful.
Each day we are called to offer ourselves to God and to others, living as His example of sacrificial love. May it be this day.
Scripture reference: Ruth 4: 13-17