“The LORD bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor.” Ruth 3:10
Ruth’s selflessness continues as she learns the customs of a new culture. She is requesting marriage from Boaz, who apparently does not see himself as the best choice for her. He sees her request as a kindness. In Boaz, I sense a man with a humble spirit and a pure heart. He prays a blessing over Ruth. I don’t think there is any way that he could have known how God would choose to fulfill this prayer. Ruth will become the great grandmother of David, a man after God’s own heart. The kindness and selflessness of Ruth reveal to me that she was a woman after God’s heart. It causes me to wonder about Obed and how he led his life, being raised by a mom who was kind and selfless and a dad who was generous and humble. What impact did that have on David’s life? The Bible does not tell us, but he was a boy who loved to write and sing psalms to his Lord. Truly, the LORD blessed Ruth—and all of us—through her commitment and her sacrifice.
Dear LORD, help me to let kindness overtake my heart first and then my actions. Please help me to be humble and generous. Help me impact each person that comes into my life for you. Help me be ready to speak a blessing over the people you have entrusted to my care. Amen