“…and there, a woman was lying at his feet.”
This verse sounds a little suggestive at first glance. Ruth had been instructed to draw near to the man Boaz and assume a close, but respectful position. Little did she know that he was to become her husband. Boaz was a man of influence, a man whom people loved and looked up to. But Ruth knew only of his gentle kindness and favor shown by him in her new country.
Ruth approached Boaz in the night hours under the cover of darkness as others were fast asleep. As she lay down at his feet, Ruth understood that in doing so, she was dedicating herself to this man.
Love has no fear when God is invited in.
But there is more here than meets the eye. In the account of Ruth and Boaz, we see a beautiful picture of Christ and those who come to Him. Jesus calls us to meet Him at His feet. He delights in all those who position themselves in such a humbling manner. It is there that our love begins and where that love continues to grow.
At the feet of Jesus, He takes possession of our lives, gently guiding our steps. So strong is His desire to bless rather than discipline, that He no longer allows us to walk in places of temptation that bring pain. His ways are those of peace and safety.
Today, may you humble yourself at Jesus’ feet, as Ruth before her beloved Boaz, and enjoy the peace that comes from being where you belong.
Awaiting His return,
– Pastor Jack