Christian Devotional – April 5, 2019

A plan. Boaz makes a plan based on what has happened with Ruth. She needs a savior and Boaz knows there are two potential candidates. Read Ruth 3:12-13.

Remain this night, and when morning comes, if he will redeem you, good; let him redeem you. But if he does not wish to redeem you, then I will redeem you, as the Lord lives. Lie down until morning.”

Boaz is going to sort this once and for all. In this culture, if a man dies without any sons, a close family member is to marry the widow and raise a son that will carry on the name of the one who died. This is referred to as the kinsman redeemer. Ruth needs a redeemer, someone to stand up and take responsibility for her. Boaz recognizes that he is in line to be that person, but there is another as well. He is going to sort this out with that other person. Either way, Boaz confirms for Ruth that she will be redeemed.

When we see a need, do we make a plan and address the need? Are we willing to put aside our thoughts and fears to address the concerns that get brought to our attention? Do we get focused on that plan and give it our immediate attention? Boaz committed to Ruth that he would address this issue right away. We’ll see him fulfill that commitment in the coming days.