And when she rose up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. Ruth 2:15
Boaz was a wealthy farmer, and his fields were full at harvest time.
We are surrounded by people whose circumstances have left them with needs and little recourse.
Boaz was generous. The law required that farmers allow gleaning. He offered more than just his castoffs.
We can go beyond what is expected in our interactions with others.
Boaz had great compassion. He used his resources to care for others.
We must not shame or question the motives of those who are in need.
But sometimes, we are more like Ruth.
Poor. Alone. Isolated.
With few other options.
Maybe with others depending on us.
God is kind. He is generous.
He calls us to His table.
He offers His riches.
And He will never shame us in our need.
See, Boaz strove to be godly in his attitudes and interactions.
Because we have often been like Ruth, we understand how important it is to seize the opportunity to be more like Boaz, and so more like God.