Promises You Can Trust

Michael Wilcock

READ : Ruth 3:16-18

“The man will not rest but will settle the matter today.” (v. 18)

Boaz is not the only one who has had his wits about him. Naomi has been putting hers to
work as well. Ruth’s story, plus what she already knows about Boaz, and now this generous
gift of barley, all add up to a fair certainty that what she has been hoping for is going
to happen. Boaz will make it happen. So once more, for the moment, her watchword is
patience.

Boaz is generous, he is shrewd; and now we are given to understand that he’s reliable
too. When he makes a promise, he keeps it.

Again, he is a picture of Jesus, and we for our part should keep our promises not
chiefly because Boaz does but because Jesus does, and we are to reflect his character.
Think how the whole story speaks of him and all that he has said he will do for his
people. If we grow impatient, we must remind ourselves of three things, as Naomi and Ruth
did. One: he has promised. Two: he is the sort of person who keeps his word. Three: he
gives us good things here and now, just to be going on with.

So what, in your own relationship with the Lord, might your “six measures of barley”
be!

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, that you “will not rest until the matter is settled.”