RUTH: DREAMY BOAZ! + A PRAYER FOR YOUR HUSBAND {DAY 9}

BOAZ-PRAYER

READ: RUTH 3:1 – 4:22 // #TruthVignette

Ok, isn’t Boaz dreamy?! I just had to get that out.

I’ve always had a love for this story and find myself heartened every time I read how Boaz took notice of Ruth from the beginning and was so caring in the way he provided for her.  He sought confirmation from the town on her reputation, he invited her to eat with him during a work break, he sent her home with extra food and a promise of protection in his fields.  None of which was required or expected of him, he acted out of his character and full of faith.

Let’s take a look at Boaz’s character from today’s reading.

Boaz is….

CONFIRMING // {Ruth 3:10} – “And he said, “May you be blessed by the Lord, my daughter. You have made this last kindness greater than the first in that you have not gong after young men, whether poor or rich.

AFFIRMING // {Ruth 3:10} – “And he said, “May you be blessed by the Lord, my daughter. You have made this last kindness greater than the first in that you have not gong after young men, whether poor or rich.

RIGHTEOUS // {Ruth 3:12-15} – And now it is true that I am a redeemer. Yet there is a redeemer nearer than I. Remain tonight, and in the morning, if he will redeem you, good; let him do it. But if he is not willing to redeem you, then, as the Lord lives, I will redeem you. Lie down until the morning.” So she lay at his feet until the morning, but arose before one could recognize another. And he said, “Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.” And he said, “Bring the garment you are wearing and hold it out.” So she held it, and he measured out six measures of barley and put it on her. Then she went into the city.

FAITH FILLED // {Ruth 3:12} – Remain tonight, and in the morning, if he will redeem you, good; let him do it. But if he is not willing to redeem you, then, as the Lord lives, I will redeem you. Lie down until the morning.”

PROTECTS HONOR // {Ruth 3:14} – “So she lay at his feet until the morning, but arose before one could recognize another. And he said, “Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.”

GENEROUS // {Ruth 3:15} – And he said, “Bring the garment you are wearing and hold it out.” So she held it, and he measured out six measures of barley and put it on her. Then she went into the city.”

SETTLES MATTERS QUICKLY // {Ruth 3:18} – “She replied, “Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out, for the man will not rest but will settle the matter today.”

KEEPS HIS WORD // {Ruth 4:9-10} – Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and to Mahlon. 10 Also Ruth the Moabite, the widow of Mahlon, I have bought to be my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brothers and from the gate of his native place. You are witnesses this day.”

Doesn’t Boaz have incredible character? I’m sure there are a couple characteristics from this list you desire and/or you are thankful for in the men in your life.  What are they?  For me the way Boaz affirms Ruth, protects her honor,  and keeps his word are impressive desired character traits for me.

I’m not someone who believes in praying that the other people in my life change to fit into my expectations or needs.  That “you need to change” spirit often exposes the change I need to make in myself more than anything.  Because of that, I often limit my prayers for others to the requests they have voiced or made known and leave the matters of the heart + character between them and God.   When I pray for my relationships or in today’s case, my future husband, I always turn the spectacles on myself first and foremost. We can’t do much about the way other people treat us but we have everything to do with the way we treat and respond to others. And often our responses have the greatest impact on our relationships and situation.

When I pray, I love praying with intention and with specific verses over the people {and future people} in my life.  I have a list of verses I am praying over my family, my future family and children, and I believe the Lord when he says to pray without ceasing…I’ve seen the Lord’s bounty from the without ceasing prayers in my life recently and the fruit from the endurance in praying sometimes over several years.

I haven’t met my husband yet, but I do recognize some godly characteristics in Boaz from today’s reading. I’ve been inspired to be praying these characteristics and verses over all the men in my life!  The men in leadership at my church.  The men in my family and the men in my friends lives.  And, yes, I’ve been praying them over my future someone as well!

Join me in praying these godly characteristics over ourselves first and the people in our lives next.  Let’s pray without ceasing for our loved ones and watch and see what God does in our hearts, our loved-ones, and our friendships!

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will

of God in Christ Jesus for you.” {1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, ESV}

believe it trust it live it

 

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BethAnn Foro
BethAnn Foro
Howdy, I'm BethAnn! Founder, Author, Bible Teacher, & Chief Visionary at She Believes Ministries. I love to gather and encourage women everywhere to lean into Jesus and simply BELIEVE HIM! Not just believe in God but truly believe all of Him for our whole life! I'm so happy you are here at SHE BELIEVES, I hope you find encouragement and deep refreshment for your soul through the online pages and faith-based resources at SHE BELIEVES MINISTRIES!

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