I have been reading more into the book of Ruth. The more I read about Boaz, the more differently I look at him. Boaz is viewed by many as the prince charming to Ruth’s cinderella story, but in reality, Boaz is a sign of God’s grace. Boaz came into Ruth’s life as a miracle worker. Ruth was a single woman with not a lot of skills, but she had a desire to leave behind her old life in Moab to care for her mother-in-law. Ruth was an excellent worker, and Boaz took notice of that. Boaz gave Ruth a lot of leverage prior to them getting married. Ruth was in charge of the field and she got to eat with Boaz himself at the dinner table.
Ruth is a representation of a lot of us who have been beaten down in life and looking for a change. Boaz is a sign of hope and favor we all look for after a life of adversity. Ruth and Boaz’s marriage helped Naomi in her widowed state, and they became the ancestors of King David. God used Boaz to create a great nation out of Ruth. God can use your redemption story to bless a whole generation.
“And the women her neighbors gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David. Now, these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron, and Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab, and Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon, And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, and Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.”
– Ruth 4:17-22 [NLT]