The story of Ruth continues to teach me new lessons. If we have heard the story of Ruth before, then we know Boaz is her kinsman redeemer, also representative of Jesus and His working in each of our lives. A “kinsman-redeemer”, very simply defined, was a person, the closest relative, who would deliver a member of his family from difficult circumstances. With that in mind, in Ruth 2:11-12, three phrases stand out:
- “Yes, I know…” (Ruth 2:11) —> Boaz knew everything concerning Ruth and her situation. And God knows each one of our situations as well. Hebrews 4:13 tells us, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes.” He sees every difficulty, every wound buried deep, every tear cried in private.
- “I have heard…” (Ruth 2:11) —> Boaz had heard much about Ruth. Our reputation will go before us. May we be careful and cultivate good character. May we also remember He hears our every prayer, every cry. There isn’t anything which He does not hear. “I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!” (Psalm 116:1,2 NLT). He hears every prayer whispered, every word barely said aloud.
- “I am only….” (Ruth 2:10) —> No matter what we “only” are, God is concerned for us and notices us. “I am only a wife, a mother, a student, a grandmother, a secretary, a teacher, a worker, etc.” When we give Him all that we are, He blesses it and uses us for His glory in ways we may never have anticipated. We are enough in Him. He never uses the word “only” in His thoughts of us.
This detail in Ruth reminds each of us that our God knows our situations, personally and intimately. He hears our cries and prayers. He works in our lives because of His great love for us. He knows we need to be rescued, redeemed.
He knows we need a Savior.