Holly Culhane, inspired by Advent devotional, reflects on Ruth and Boaz and ponders God's providence and ongoing redemption in our lives.

By Holly Culhane


It is no longer Advent season, but I recently read an Advent devotional written by Matt LeRoy that reminded me of the beautiful picture of Boaz, the kinsman redeemer, and I wanted to share it.


Boaz, the shepherd leader who first protected Ruth while she gleaned his field, also provided redemption for her through his familial relationship with her late husband. As LeRoy noted, “through a divinely directed turn of events, Boaz takes Ruth as his wife. He spreads his protection and provision over her, and together they give birth to a son”. 


And there was great joy.  


Then the women of the town said to Naomi, “Praise the Lord, who has now provided a redeemer for your family! 

May this child be famous in Israel. May he restore your youth and care for you in your old age.  

For he is the son of your daughter-in-law who loves you and has been better to you than seven sons!”  

Naomi took the baby and cuddled him to her breast. And she cared for him as if he were her own.  

The neighbor women said, “Now at last Naomi has a son again!” And they named him Obed.  

He became the father of Jesse and the grandfather of David. 

Ruth 4:14–17 


LeRoy reminds us “There is joy in knowing you are spoken for, joy in receiving love and giving it in return. It is this kind of joy that we find at work in the Old Testament story of Ruth… but in this sweeping mystery of redemption, the end is often an unexpected beginning.” 


How true this was for Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz. The joy that little Obed brought into their lives was in fact unforeseen, but so was the part they would play in the line of David, the line from whom the Messiah would be born, from whom our Redeemer would come.  


What a beautiful reminder of how little we know about what God is doing in the moments of the situations of our lives. 


As His under-shepherds, it is our responsibility to put our confidence in the Father and to submit to the direction He provides, fully trusting – as Ruth did, as she gleaned a field and as she approached her potential kinsman redeemer – that our God is working. His Provision. His Protection. His Presence. They will always prevail. 


I wonder what God is doing right now in our lives that will be a story of redemption for the sheep entrusted to our care and their descendants? 


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