Yesterday we considered:
1- BOAZ – A MIGHTY MAN OF WEALTH
The Bible says that he was a mighty many of wealth. It also says that he had great concern for those in need. Boaz didn’t make a lot of money just to hoard it up for himself. Boaz shared his prosperity with the poor. Today let’s consider Boaz and his faith.
2- BOAZ – A GUIDING MAN OF FAITH
The Bible doesn’t give a great deal of detail about Boaz’s faith, but enough to help us see that he was a man who walked with God. This is revealed in at least two ways:
a. HIS GUIDANCE WITH HIS WORKERS
Boaz recognized that his blessings came from the LORD and he wanted his workers to know this as well. Ruth 2:4 And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless thee. Deuteronomy 8:18 tells us thatit is the LORD that gives us the ability to prosper in life. Part of the reason for that prosperity is so that we can share with the world the graciousness of our God.
b. HIS GUIDANCE WITH RUTH
Boaz demonstrated his faith also in his relationship with Ruth. Ruth 2:12 The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust. It’s unclear at this point exactly how much Ruth understood about God. No doubt she understood that the God of Israel was very different from the false idols her people had worshipped in the land of Moab. I am sure that Boaz’s words must have lingered in her mind for a long time afterwards. They let Ruth know that God loved her and that He was concerned with the needs of her life.
One of the most important things a man can ever do is to share his faith with others; especially his family. Down through the years I have read books and heard many messages on being a spiritual leader. I have also heard many wives cry out for such guidance. Yet I have also seen many men shy away from it. I believe that part of the reason for many men’s reluctance is because they are unsure of what they need to do. Let me give you three very simple, yet powerful steps to helping your family spiritually. To do so I will look to Job as our example.
The first time we meet Job the Bible says of him: “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.” (Job 1:1)
Step #1 – Job led in his faith through his personal walk with the LORD
Job did all that he could to be pure before God and to separate himself from evil. If nothing else, every Christian husband and dad needs to demonstrate to their family that they are serious about their personal relationship with God.
Step #2 – Job led in his faith through his practical walk with the LORD
Job’s trials not only affected him, they affected his wife as well. The Bible says: “Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? Curse God, and die.” (Job 2:9) Notice how Job answered her: “What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.” (Job 2:10) Job demonstrated to his wife that God can be trusted, not only in the good times, but in the bad times as well.
Step #3 – Job led in his faith through his prayerful walk with the LORD
Job 1:4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. 5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
Job prayed continually for his family. Perhaps there is no greater thing that a man can do for his wife and children than to continuously hold them up in prayer.
Most men shy away from being called a spiritual leader because they are unsure of what to do and therefore afraid of failure. Yet it doesn’t have to be that complicated. We just have to take our walk with God seriously and then help guide others to do the same.