By Andrew Jewell
” The Lord recompense you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under Whose wings you have come to take refuge! Then she said, Let me find favor in your sight, my lord. For you have comforted me and have spoken to the heart of your maidservant, though I am not as one of your maidservants” (Rth 2:12-13)
This passage jumped out at me while reflecting on the recent tragic events of Charlottesville. How sad it is that often it takes a tragedy for people to recognise the need to treat one another with the Grace that Boaz afforded Ruth in the above passage.
Ruth was treated with kindness, Grace and respect despite the fact that she was not a member of his household. How often do we extend the same Grace to one another and what does it take for others to embrace an attitude of Grace? Moreover we read that Boaz acknowledges Who that Grace stems from and the comfort and shelter that being under my Father’s wings provide.
It is no accident that birds are used so often in the bible for their imagery. Many of us from young children are fascinated by flight and have wondered what it may be like to fly. Flight implies a sense of freedom, of Grace, of being uplifted, and in the the case of the eagle great power and majesty.
Such is the nature and rewards of being one of God’s Children. We have access to a freedom in Jesus Christ that we cannot attain on our own. Freedom from Sin, freedom of access to the Father, freedom to use and embrace the gifts of the Spirit, unconditional love and unsurpassed power to witness the Glory of God.
Charlottesville serves as a reminder that hate and division is never the answer. No reconciliation or growth ever comes from an attitude concerned with selfish preservation or seeking to secure our own selfish position over and above anyone else. No rather we are taught to reach out to one another in an attitude of Grace that others may know, just as Ruth did the shelter under my Father’s wings.
The story of Boaz and Ruth illustrates why this attitude of grace is so important. Without it Jesus would not have been born into the house He was (Ruth and Boaz’s family line led to David and by consequence onto that of Christ). Jesus would not have been raised by the parents He was nor likely to have been living in the place He was. God’s purposes included where and when Jesus would minister. It is no coincidence that this passage carries God’s message of Grace, as one of many precursors of the Grace that was to come.
Next time I am challenged by my own selfishness or fear I hope that I can recognise it for what it is and respond in Grace, no matter how small or large that situation may be. I hope you will too..
© Andrew Jewell – wedgetailministries.com