Week Five

‘With this next picture in the album, with the snapshot of verse 12, we peer right into the heart of God’s beautiful woman, and we’re startled because it is so clean, so pure, thso lovely. Hers is a heart of goodness! How refreshing in this day of selfishness – of self-centeredness, self-confidence, self-esteem, self-image, and self assertion – to come across a selfless spring of goodness.’ I love this paragraph from our book. It again shows the contrast between what the earth shows as a beautiful woman and what God sees as beautiful. Proverbs 31:12 says ‘she does him good and not evil all the days of her life’. This means even when he does not deserve it! She is the ‘well-spring of goodness’ for their home.

One thing I intend to do as soon as I get to heaven is find out what Ruth’s marriage looked like to Boaz. We aren’t given much info after they said their I dos but seeing how Ruth had this Proverbs 31 woman down before she was married made me curious to see how this played out in her marriage and rearing of their children. Could you imagine what it would have been like? Before Ruth was married to Boaz we can see the kindness she had in her heart for others. During the time of great sadness for Naomi she stayed with her and provided comfort even when she was, herself, experience grief with the loss of her husband. In Ruth 1:14 it says that ‘Ruth clung to her’. Not just followed or stayed but clung. The King James Version uses the word ‘clave’ to her. This same word is used in Psalm 63:7-8, ‘Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.’ This psalm of David was written while he was in the desert in Judah. Ruth clung to Naomi as David clung to God during this hard time. She didn’t leave Naomi during this time. I believe partly for her own sake to stay close to God but also to comfort Naomi and become her companion back to Bethlehem. In Ruth 3:10 Boaz speaks of the kindness she showed him. This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men; whether rich or poor.’ The previous kindness Boaz is referring to here is found in Ruth 2:11 ‘All that you have done for your mother-in-law after the death of your husband has been fully reported to me, and how you left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and came to a people that you did not previously know. 12 May the Lord reward your work, and your wages be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.’ Even Boaz was amazed at the kindness in her heart to do good for those around her and not evil. Than again at the end of the story of Ruth she again shows her kind heart with the birth of Obed. Ruth 4:13-17 says:

So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. 14 The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! 15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.”

16 Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. 17 The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.

This lady is amazing! She was constantly looking out for the best for her loved ones. Doing good to her loved ones and not evil. This week your challenge is to look for ways that you can do good to your loved ones. Find something you can do out of the ordinary that would bless your family and start the habit of looking for ways to bless your family.

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