Ruth 3:12 – 13 “Although it is true that I am near of kin, there is a kinsman-redeemer nearer than I. Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to redeem, good; let him redeem. But if he is not willing, as surely as the Lord lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.”
Well, well! It looks like Mr. Boaz has already been doing some research. He is a man in love, and he’s probably been waiting and waiting for Ruth to give him the signal, the go-ahead. Don’t you know his heart leapt for joy in his chest, when he realized that the woman of his dreams loved him back?
But during his wait, he checked things out. He found out there was a closer relative, one who had the right to claim Ruth. Now that he knew she loved him, and that she wanted him to marry her, he was going to have to work out some details. And like most men in love, he has a plan . . . but we’ll hear about that later.
Right now, though, he has already taken charge as her hero. He knows that the highways between his house and Ruth’s can be dangerous even in broad daylight. He certainly doesn’t want her out alone in the middle of the night. He tells her, “Just stay here and get some sleep. You’ll be safe here, and hopefully before we know it, we’ll be married. Then, I’ll be able to take care of you for the rest of your life.”
Ruth had a hero who loved her passionately, and so do we! Our Master says to us, “Stay here with me. As long as you stay close, I will protect you. There is another in this world who wants to claim you, but if I have anything to do with it, he will never touch you! Just relax, lay your problems at my feet, and rest. I’m going to take care of everything.”
Have you laid your life at the Master’s feet, my friend? He has a wonderful plan for your life, and He wants to love you, care for you and protect you for all of eternity. Like Boaz, he has waited and waited, longing for the moment He would find you at His feet, longing for you to give Him your heart. He wants to be your hero and mine, if we will only let him.
Dear Father, Thank You for loving me passionately. I lay my life at Your feet.