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. 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! 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.” Ruth 4:13-15
The fairytale ending…Ruth and Boaz together at last. A son. An heir.
Naomi, who left Bethlehem blessed and came back bitter, is now full. Oh, how our stories can change. We never know what lies ahead. No matter how bad things seem, nothing is beyond repair. Nothing is outside the loving arms of God.
The women say a blessing over Naomi. The Lord is praised. God’s provision of a guardian-redeemer has come through for Naomi.
From the beginning when sin first entered our lives through Adam and Eve, God had a redeemer in mind. And it is even better than Boaz, this protector and man of honorable character we have grown to love.
God ultimately had in mind His one and only son. The only sinless person to enter the world. The only one worthy to stand up and say, “I will redeem it.”
The women tell Naomi this daughter-in-law who loves her has proven better than any number of sons…the one thing Naomi thought she needed for her future well-being.
God's plans will also prove better than any we could imagine. God, whose creativity made all things, has things in store for our lives and His glory that are beyond our small scale thinking and imagination. He is a good good Father.
Question: Has God’s plans for a situation in your life manifested in a way that far exceeded your hopes and expectations?