Chase Him Down!


He noticed her first.

Boaz was a wealthy land owner out checking on his fields when he spotted Ruth.  She was working hard to gather up what little grain fell from the field workers’ grip in the gleaning process.  Boaz was captivated by her beauty, but also by what he had already heard about her.  News of Ruth’s character had quickly spread throughout Bethlehem.  She loved her mother-in-law, Naomi.  Both Ruth and Naomi were widowed and struggling to survive.  When Naomi decided to move back to her homeland after the death of her husband, Ruth refused to leave her alone and went with her.  Ruth left her land and her people, and vowed to be faithful to Naomi and her God.  She was a woman of integrity and highly devoted.

The moment Boaz saw Ruth he began to protect her.  He said to her, “I have told the men not to touch you.”  Field work was not the safest place for a woman, especially a woman of such beauty.  He began to give her what was needed for both she and Naomi to survive.  There were certain laws instructing the rich on how they should treat the poor, but Boaz went above and beyond what the law required.  He had his workers purposefully let extra grain fall so Ruth could gather all that they needed.

Ruth soon acknowledged that she also took notice of him.  To show how much she admired him, with Naomi’s leading, Ruth decided to take a huge risk.  It was common practice for the men to sleep in their fields just before harvest to keep would be robbers away.  One night, Naomi told Ruth to go lay at Boaz’s feet while he slept.  With great risk, she did.

I have heard so many women use this beautiful story of Ruth as an excuse to chase a man down.  Sometimes resulting in a catch they later regret.  We love to talk about how Ruth pursued Boaz as we quote the scripture about her laying at his feet, but we fail to read on and realize that Ruth stopped there.

“Then she said, “Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.”  -Ruth 3:18

Once Ruth let Boaz know she was interested in him, it was his job to “concluded the matter” and pursue her.  At this point, if he chose not to pursue her, Ruth would have needed to decide that it was worth waiting for the one who found her worthy of fighting for.

Boaz had a lot of obstacles he had to overcome before he could consider Ruth as his own.  He had to resolve an issue with Naomi’s family first.  There was one man who stood first in line to buy the family’s land.  Had the other man wanted Ruth or the land bad enough it would have been a package deal.  Boaz had to really think this through and decide himself if she was worth all that it would cost him.  He also had to act fast before he lost his chance with Ruth.  Had he walked away at this point, it would not have been an issue of Ruth’s value, but more so that Boaz was unworthy of this “virtuous” woman.

It wasn’t easy for Ruth to “sit still” to allow Boaz to work things out.  No doubt she was anxious.  Otherwise, Naomi would not have had to tell her to sit and wait.  I don’t know what was going through Ruth’s mind, but I know what my mind would be running away with.  I would create all kinds of questions along with all the possible outcomes to those questions.  Most likely none of which would be correct.  Here’s a few of the thoughts that I would be playing out like a Hollywood movie reel if I were Ruth.  “Was he impressed with me?”  “Did I go too far by sneaking in at night to talk to him?”  “Maybe his kind gesture to protect me that night was just his way of getting rid of me?”  “Maybe I offended him by my approach!?!?”  “Was he even thinking of me at all?”  “After all, he is very busy man and I bear the “shame of the widow”.

Even with the plethora of questions that run through our minds, we must learn to “sit still.”  Whether the questions loom because of a personal or business matter, we must remember that God is working all things out for our good and His glory.  God values us and cares for every detail of our lives.

In Ruth’s willingness to wait, she enabled Boaz to work everything out and in turn will never have to question if she is the one whom he loves.  She didn’t chase him.  In the way Jesus shows His love for the church by His pursuit of us, Boaz pursued Ruth because of his love for her.  Ruth could then rest in this knowledge and simply love him in return.

We too can rest in the fact that God continues to pursue a love relationship with us.  All we have to do is accept His love and press into Him.

“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love.” – Jeremiah 31:3

Boaz did not stop giving gifts once he knew he got Ruth’s attention… Neither will God stop giving all that we need and more when we place our trust and confidence in Him.

~ Shannan

2011, Keeping It Real!

6 Comments

  1. 10/12/2011 at 11:50

    Rick is my Boaz. He noticed me first. He was kind and began protecting me in his own way (although it was unknown to me at the time). He pursued and won my heart. All I had to do was be myself. All the times I tried to make relationships happen in the past were unnecessary. God had it all figured out. I stand as a testimony to the importance of your message. Awesome writing, my friend!

  2. Neal Krulik said,

    10/12/2011 at 11:50

    Wow….”sit still” this is the word ive been receiving lately….All things work together….. when we allow ALL things to work together!! But does this mean i have to move in with my mother-in-law?? 😉

    another fantastic read Shannan…..very sound doctrine….you truly are a weapon in God’s arsenal 🙂

  3. Bob Kernodle said,

    10/12/2011 at 11:50

    Shannan
    What a great example of patience!You are so much like Ruth in that you are waiting upon the Lord to bring the right relationship with a man into being.I am so confident that He in His time will Bless you beyond what we can even perceive.You are truly a witness of His Love!
    Bob

  4. Bob Teeple said,

    10/13/2011 at 11:50

    You have a lot of insight into spiritual matters of the heart. Here are some links that you might enjoy to “Be Still my Soul”.

  5. Tracy said,

    10/17/2011 at 11:50

    Love this entry! It was exactly what I needed to read today. Only God knows what the future holds and what may look “perfect” today may not be what I need later. Some thing are worth waiting for!

  6. Clinton said,

    10/21/2011 at 11:50

    This awesome writing Shannan, God bless you, keep up the wonderful writing for the Lord.

    You write wonderful articles on the Shannan blog, this one of them Shannan, this fits in with us, this what we needed to read today, we love you!!

    Love,

    Clinton & Loraine


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