From Daniel's Desk on 9/8/19
My Title: Reputation WILL Precede You
My Verse: 11
"And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a worthy woman."
Your voice for the Lord will be spoken loudest through your actions. It's not just your reputation on the line... it's your testimony!
Period. No if's, and's or but's, your actions will work FOR or AGAINST you. Your flesh will always be at war with the Spirit inside you. Being honorable and being loving will always be the sacrificial and difficult decision. Making these decisions even when your circumstances and situation stand against makes it even more difficult. However, knowing and trusting God, that you are in His WILL and hoping in Him and trusting in Him, the choice becomes much easier. (Because you're not trusting your circumstances or even yourself, you're trusting that you have a loving Father... that faith will produce GREAT fruit!)
Boaz values and protect His women. He not only respects and honors them as God's daughters but he LOOKS for and VALUES HONORABLE women!
Ruth is a worthy woman and the town KNOWS it.
She seeks redemption rather than selfish gain.
Boaz is an HONORABLE MAN! - Before LOOKING for an honorable woman, Boaz IS honorable.
There is a redeemer inn the family closer to her than he and he waits to make sure he will pass on his responsibility.
He knows this when she wakes him so he already thought this over.
He doesn't delay! They know he will settle the matter that very day.
In a very uncertain and dark time - these women know Boaz is a good Godly man and Boaz knows that he has found a worthy woman. BUT they patiently pursue redemption GOD'S WAY!