Recognizing Your Boaz: Getting a second chance

Written by Aisha Long-Bascom

spiritualgrowth_secondchanceWhen my precocious five-year-old prophesied that she’d one day marry a prince, have a big wedding, and become a nice mommy with lots of children, I smiled. I was moved by the purity of her hope, but then unexpected happened–I began to weep.

Every tear unearthed memories of my own age of innocence, when I too believed that my life would unfold with such accuracy and simplicity.  Somewhere along the road I had left behind the little girl I once was. I scoffed at the dreamy teenager who yearned for happy endings, and morphed into a single-mother convinced that a series of wrong turns had disqualified me from receiving God’s best.

Even though I had repented and rededicated my life to Christ; I still feared that I forfeited my right to God’s promises.  My daughter’s proclamations reminded me of Ruth’s story.

One evening after the toys were stacked, with tear-stained hands I leafed through the book of Ruth. The Lord started teaching me about Ruth.  He reminded me that their story is proof that God is a God of second chances.

Ruth’s story

While the humbling field experience served as a reaping ground for Ruth, it was a proving ground for Boaz. Before Boaz ever said “I do” — he did. As Ruth worked to sustain herself and her mother-in-law, God used that time not only to establish Ruth’s reputation as an honorable believer within her community, but to allow Boaz an opportunity to exhibit the five essential components of his character. He proved himself to be a provider, a protector, an intercessor, a coverer, and a redeemer.

Though Boaz was a man of wealth and power, he was humble enough to respect a converted Gentile woman, and wise enough to admire her courage, devotion, kindness, and fidelity to Naomi (Ruth 2:11).  He considered himself blessed to be wanted by a woman who he believed could have gone after a younger man (Ruth 3:10).

Boaz’s kindness and admiration was so overwhelming that at one point Ruth asked him, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me– a foreigner.” (Ruth 2:10) Like many of us Ruth felt that her past, her poverty, and her status as a foreigner in Bethlehem made her less than the other women. Yet, Boaz “noticed” her. In Hebrew the word “notice” means to “acknowledge with honor, to understand.”

So it wasn’t that Boaz simply saw her, he understood and revered her. He understood that Ruth was more than the culmination of her past misfortunes and present dire circumstances.  He honored the woman she was within and the woman that she could become if he became her coverer and redeemer.

Are you a Ruth?

God desires for us to see Ruth and Boaz’s union as an example of how He “notices”, loves, and redeems each of us, especially those who feel as though life has ravaged all promise and purpose.

Ruth was a woman who lacked the right pedigree, position, and purity that most people would have expected a man like Boaz to desire:

  • she was not Jewish, she was a foreigner
  • she was not a virgin, but a widower
  • she was not wealthy; she was less than a servant girl

Yet, she obtained favor from an honorable man who loved her wholeheartedly and willfully provided, protected, covered, prayed for, and ultimately redeemed her.

Boaz loved Ruth because of her character and her heart. When Boaz agreed to redeem Ruth, one of the first things he said was, “All my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of noble character” (Ruth 3:11). He felt blessed to have such a woman and in turn blessed her with the “rest” that Naomi prayed Ruth would one day find in the home of another husband (Ruth 1:9), the rest that many of us long for and can find in God.

So now when my daughter optimistically prophesies into her future, instead of weeping, I too employ my tongue as the “pen of a ready writer” calling those things which be not as though they were (Rom 4:17), believing that I can be blessed with a second chance Boaz, God’s very best.

We are expected to learn from her story and to follow her example by genuinely submitting to Jehovah God whom she trusted her present and her future with.  And to the woman who feels that your situation is so dire and your past so shameful, that no one is equipped to love someone like you–be encouraged!

What made Boaz perfect for Ruth had very little to do with his relationship to Naomi, his influence, or his wealth. It was the fact that he was the son of Rahab (Mat 1:5), a Harlot woman who by grace (undeserved favor) was wedded to one of the Israelite princes. Thus, Boaz spent his childhood in preparation, observing the love and respect his royal father showed to his mother.

Thanks to the glorious God we serve who knows the beginning from the end, Ruth’s second chance love was born to the right set of parents, with the right dispositions and experiences to teach their son how to love Ruth with divine precision before she was even born.  What God did for Ruth, He is able to do for you!

Do you struggle with feeling like you are not enough? Do you wonder if your circumstances have taken you beyond God’s plan for your life?  Throughout the Bible God speaks to His people of redemption.  “Repent and come back to me” He tells them over and over.  His arms are always open.  If you need Go’d strength in your circumstances today, be encouraged!  He has promised to leave His Holy Spirit with you to work in and through you to do His good pleasure.  Why not pray and ask Him to fill you with a fresh breath of His Spirit today?  You can pray a prayer something like this:

“Dear Father, I need You. I acknowledge that I have been directing my own life and that, as a result, I have sinned against You. I thank You that You have forgiven my sins through Christ’s death on the cross for me. I now invite Christ to again take His place on the throne of my life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit as You commanded me to be filled, and as You promised in Your Word that You would do if I asked in faith. I now thank You for directing my life and for filling me with the Holy Spirit.”

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If so, bow in prayer and trust God to fill you with the Holy Spirit right now.

If you prayed this prayer, we would love to hear about it!

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59 Responses to “Recognizing Your Boaz: Getting a second chance”

  • Cathy says:

    Hi Doris, Thank-you so much for your sweet prayer! Funny thing, before I read your response my daughter who lives with me was offered a job on Monday night! Praise the Lord!!! She had been unemployed for almost 3 months. Also, the next day after reading your response I sensed a sweet peace and comfort all day while out shopping with my daughter. I noticed that the Lord was giving us several little blessings of convenience like upfront parking spots,a great doctor’s appt. for me, a yummy supper, and a good shopping experience finding new clothes for my daughter’s new job! But mainly the feeling of being more content in Him. No Boaz as of yet! But, I have been emailing occasionally with a nice, godly, widowed man for friendship only who I had met on a dating site a couple of months ago. Maybe the Lord will honor your prayers for us and allow it to develop into something more!? But if not, I will still trust that the Lord will be faithful in caring for me and my children! Peace and blessings in Christ as we approach Resurrection Day! :)

  • PK says:

    Vanity although it didn’t happen in front of me, my husband took his life in 2013 in our bedroom after being together for 12 years and married for the last three years… and I could only imagine your pain in having to see that! God has brought us this far to leave us now so continue to trust Him. I focus on our five year old son who is now without a father ad I’m praying that The Lord sends a Godly man into our lives to help me raise him as being a single mother to males in this day and times is not easy. I pray Good’s continued blessing on yo and that you will get all the desires of your heart in His perfect timing!!!!!

  • Doris Beck Doris Beck says:

    Cathy and Debbie I am so sorry for your losses. The resources you mentioned are great Cathy. I personally recommend the Jerry Sittser book, A Grace Disguised, often because it is the best book I have read on loss and grief.

    Let me pray for both of you right now,
    God, you are the God of all comfort and I thank you that You are that God for Cathy and Debbie. You are their strong tower, their refuge and their rock! Lord I pray today that You would fulfill their hearts’ desires for a Boaz to come into their lives. Thank you Lord that You haven’t changed and that You are still the God of miracles. Perform those miracles for them dear Lord. Amen

  • Cathy says:

    Dear Vanity, I’m so sorry for your loss and what you had to witness. Here are two scripture references that have been close to my heart and have greatly encouraged me as I learn to be content in the Lord and as I wait for my Boaz! Isaiah54: 4-8 and 61:1-4. Probably when the yearnings for our Boaz subside is when he’ll arrive! ;) Also, two good grief resources are the books A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser and Postcards From The Widow’s Path by Ferre Hardy(she also has a widow’s blog at http://www.widowschristianplace.com.) You’re in my prayers! May you always feel the Lords comfort and peace as your go through your “new phase” of life!

  • debbcowgirlup@aol.com Vanity says:

    what encouraging words..I myself im a widow. ?.my husband of 12 years committed suicide in front of me 1 year ago …it has been a journey” but”if it wasn’t for my faith and for my Jesus I would have crumbled..I’m believing my Heavenly Father is preparing my boaz..
    l tell all my girlfriends God is preparing my boaz..I believe that with all my heart I will continue seeking God Optimus wisdom …and remember his word never returned back void..I miss my husband so very much he was my very best friend be sides Jesus of course!! if you could keep me in your prayers that God would replace that vold in my heart …I know Gods Word says he loves the widow so I should lean on his promise..what an amazing God we serve! ?.blessings to you
    God Bless
    Deborah

  • Cathy says:

    Thanks for an encouraging article! It makes me think of the Bible verse Isaiah 61:3 “beauty for ashes.” As a new believer many years ago when I first heard a sermon on The Book of Ruth it was early on in my marriage. I thought to myself I’d never follow my Mother-In-Law like Ruth did! Now I’m a widow of 4+ yrs, and recently my mother-in-law has became a widow too! We’ve never had a good relationship, but I felt led by the Holy Spirit to help her. I think part of the “second chance” application for me is to show godly love towards her for God’s glory! Also, I was starting to feel like I wasn’t worthy of another husband with godly qualities because of the baggage that comes along with being widowed, like how Ruth felt. Middle age love is not like first love at age 17! :) I figured I would have to accept second best or less at my age and because of my baggage. But, your article reminded me it’s about God’s will and plan for my life, not about my circumstances in what God chooses for me, but for His glory! He doesn’t want me to have less than the best! He doesn’t want me to listen to the evil one who whispers lies. But, I do know whether or not the Lord allows me another earthly husband is that He is my Kinsman-Redeemer for now and eternity through His son Jesus! I will be content in that knowledge by His grace and tender mercies. I’ve passed this article along to a widowed friend who is going through a similar situation as me. I’m sure she will be blessed from your article as well! Peace and blessings in Christ!

  • Antoinette Darden says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge on Boaz character. Reading this article has blessed me emencely. I believe that my Boaz shall come and redeem me in Gods perfect timing. Thanks again!

  • Doris Beck D. Beck says:

    Cynthia I too love the story of Ruth and Boaz and the power of redemption! I agree with what you said,’ our plan should be to develop a stronger relationship with Christ continue to keep our body pure and holy(celibate) keep reading his word to encourage ourselves, once we seek him first im positive thats when Boaz will find us!’

    The focus for everyone, single or married should be to seek God first and find our fulfillment in Him and Him alone!!

  • I love the story of Ruth and Boaz, it lets me kniw that there is still hope out there but, we must be willing to wait on the lord for the man he has designed for us, we have to remind ourselves we are queens and deserve nothing less than a king, in my life i struggled with this thinking i ,have done to much in the past for God to ever send some one for me but, we have to free our minds of those thoughts that are not of God,so our plan should be to develop a stronger relationship with Christ continue to keep our body pure and holy(celibate) keep reading his word to encourage ourselves, once we seek him first im positive thats when Boaz will find us!

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