The Right Time
“And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character” (Ruth 3.11 NIV).
Boaz completely redeemed Ruth and her family. Not only did he marry Ruth, but he also fought for her hand in marriage. There was another kinsman-redeemer of closer relation to Ruth, but Boaz showed great wisdom and patience when dealing with this man. He also demonstrated a wonderful concern for more than just his own welfare. What spawned Boaz’s intense desire to provide for Ruth? What caused him to tell her, “I will do for you all you ask”? The answer is simple: he knew that Ruth was a “woman of noble character.” Ruth could have gone to Boaz the first day she arrived in town, pleading her case and begging for help, but she didn’t. She understood that it is far better to encourage loyalty, rather than force obligation. If she would have coerced Boaz’s marriage proposal without waiting on God’s perfect timing, Boaz would have never seen her “noble character.” And she would have found herself stuck with the other kinsman-redeemer who obviously did not care for her well being. God has created a system of reliance in His people — we all need each other to further God’s plan in our lives. However, we can’t demand people’s help; but we can encourage it by the integrity of our words, actions and lives. If we daily give our hopes and dreams to God and live in obedience to the Holy Spirit, at just the right time God will redeem our sacrifice, work and heartache in ways we could never imagine. We just have to be patient.
“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor” (1 Peter 5.6 NLT).