A Meditation: On Ruth 2:12 // Under Whose Wings //

by Matheus Yuhlung

‘The LORD repay 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!”’ – Ruth 2:12

At first, the heart that led Ruth to find the company of godly people to work with is praise worthy. It is a gem in a character that seems to be fast vanishing these days amongst the youth.

Secondly, the attitudes of Boaz’s workers are noteworthy too. The way they let Ruth work amongst them with a sense of generosity, openness and hospitality (to a stranger).

But amidst all of these; one thing that inspired me the most (and also the reason why I’m writing this meditation) is the attitude Boaz had towards his property – as not his own but of God’s. Ruth was sheltered in Boaz’s field, he could have taken all credit to himself but instead he chose to direct all credits heavenward (saying the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!).

Truly, wisdom lies in knowing the fact that we are merely the caretaker of God’s wealth and our joy lies in sharing it. No reason why it is written:

The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord of hosts.[1]

For we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.[2]

May God bless us all to have a heart like Boaz’s.       

[1] Haggai 2:8

[2] 1 Timothy 6:7-10

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