One day Charles Spurgeon was walking through the countryside with a friend. As they strolled along, Spurgeon noticed a barn with a weather vane on its roof. At the top of the vane were these words: GOD IS LOVE. Spurgeon remarked to his companion that he thought this was a rather inappropriate place for such a message. “Weather vanes are changeable, Spurgeon said, “but God’s love is constant.” Spurgeon’s friend replied, “I don’t agree with you about those words, Charles. You misunderstood the meaning. That sign is indicating a truth- “Regardless of which way the wind blows, God is love.” With that thought in mind, let’s continue in our study of the book of Ruth.
One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home for you, where you will be well provided for. Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative of ours. Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor. Wash, put on perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don’t let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do.” “I will do whatever you say,” Ruth answered. So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do… In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned—and there was a woman lying at his feet! “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.” (Ruth 3:1-6, 8-9)
Boaz was a close relative of the family of Elimelech. By doing what Ruth did, she was requesting of Boaz to redeem the land that had been sold by her father-in-law Elimelech, before he and his family moved to Moab. She was also requesting of Boaz to marry her. According to the Law of Moses, Boaz could have simply purchased the land and restored it back to Ruth and Naomi and that would have been the end of his obligation. But if he married her, as she requested, he would then be obligated to produce children through her and thus preserve Elimelech’s inheritance. In other words, the descendants of Ruth and Boaz would one day inherit the land and thus the property would remain in the possession of Elimelech’s ancestry.
Boaz was in agreement to marry Ruth, yet there was an obstacle in his way. There was another possible kinsman redeemer that came before him.
“Although it is true that I am a guardian-redeemer of our family, there is another who is more closely related than I. Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to do his duty as your guardian-redeemer, good; let him redeem you. But if he is not willing, as surely as the Lord lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.” (Ruth 3:12-13)
Spurgeon’s friend told him that regardless which way the wind blows, God is love. That is true for Ruth, and that is true for us as well. God had not brought Ruth to this point to drop her. He was still working in her behalf and therefore she had to have faith and wait. I leave you today with these words of encouragement.
“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27