March 16, 2006

The best love stories

If you want to read a good romance you needn't look on any bookshelves in a book store. Just open your bible and start reading. The bible is full of romance and love stories. There are stories of redeeming love, grace and love, forgiving love, hopeful love.

This morning as I searched for another scripture, I got sidetracked in the book of Ruth. Ruth isn't just another love story though. As I read her story again, I was reminded of how awesome God is, how wondrous His works are. Even through death, the Lord had his hand on Naomi and Ruth. Because of Ruth's faithfulness and honor to Naomi, the Lord blessed her.

Ruth could have left Naomi just as easily as Orpah, but she didn't. Somewhere along the way, a bond had formed between Naomi and her daughter-in-law. Even after Naomi's husband and both sons died, that bond remained. This speaks volumes of Ruth's character.

When Ruth became an alien in a country other than her own, that didn't stop her. She could have turned back then, and returned to her own family. Instead, she figured out a way to take care of her mother-in-law. Unknown to Ruth, she was smack-dab in the center of God's will.

When Boaz noticed Ruth in the field, he couldn't take his eyes off her. He took care of her, without Ruth even knowing it. He made sure she had everything she needed, and more. He ensured her safety from the other men in the fields. And then, instead of taking advantage of the situation when he had a chance to marry her, he did the right thing.

Boaz told Ruth there was a kinsman-redeemer nearer of kin than him. He called him and ten of the elders and informed him of Naomi's return to the city. He advised him that Naomi was selling land and offered that if he didn't want to redeem it, then Boaz himself would. When the nearest kinsman-redeemer found out that Ruth was part of the package deal, he told Boaz he couldn't do it, and told Boaz to buy it.

From this union of Boaz and Ruth, an unlikely love story, came the seed of Jesse, father of David. Wow!