Sunday, 29 June 2008

Boaz is coming!

And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz. And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me go now to the field and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go my daughter. And she went and came and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light (as it turned out) on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz who was of the kindred of Elimelech. And, behold, Boaz CAME...Ruth 2:1-4a (KJV) Brackets (NIV)..Capitals mine

This one is for the single sisters'. Do I hear a halleluyah? For the sassy, single and satisfised sisters' who are still trusting God for a mate. During worship this morning, I felt I heard the Lord say "Believer, be encouraged and encourage your sisters that Boaz is coming". I began to laugh until I saw verse 3 of the 2nd chapter of Ruth in the King James Version...that Boaz came.

I recalled a recent conversation I had with a friend of mine and she said that God will not give you a man that you have to manage because every good and perfect gift comes from above. Not that the man will be perfect but he will be a good gift. An analogy that comes to mind is when you are desperately searching for an item at the supermarket right before closing, you get to the shelf and realise that there's only one left. It looks a little damaged but the shop staff are giving you the evil eye and you really, really want it so you say "Well, I can just manage this, if I chop off a bit here or there I guess it can really work".

This might be an ok mentality for grocery or even clothes shopping but I don't think it is God's plan for us concerning a future partner. I asked God, "why did you say Boaz is coming? Why not another name in the Bible?" He said "Go back and read that book again, the characteristics of the man for you are found in Boaz"

A son in the house (from the clan of Elimelech)Ruth 2:1
A strong man Ruth 2:9
A generous man Ruth 2:14
An understanding man Ruth 2:15
A man of integrity Ruth 3:18
A self-less man Ruth 4:10

So if you are waiting on the Lord, wait like Ruth. Don't allow depression to set in. Wait like Ruth. Don't sit at home and reminisce on how the good 'ole days were in Moab and don't even consider going back to the world. Go into the fields and glean. To glean was not a choice occupation, basically you were gathering left overs. I'm sure when people passed and saw those that gleaned they shook their heads in pity. I'm sure some may have said a few unkind comments. Just the way they do today. "Haba, don't you want to get married, you're not getting any younger o!" or "You're too choosy, all men are the same, just marry one and be done with it"! My encouragement to all this pertains to is to rejoice because Boaz is coming! My question to you is... Where will he find you? At home, depressed, unfulfilled and angry at God, or gleaning in the field. To glean in the field is to stay in your assignment, to stay in that purpose that the Lord has for you, to serve Him with all that you have.

Do me a favour this week, praise God, worship Him, praise Him just as if the answer to your prayers was right in front of you.

Rejoice and again I say rejoice because BOAZ IS COMING!


disgodkidd said...

hmm....i wonder if i am a boaz to someone now...

30+ said...

Sweetie I want to just carry and spin you around now for sharing this.

Abeg ask me why I am smiling like ismaila right now.

Thanks for sharing

Believer said...

@disgodkidd:Hmm...I wonder...

@30+: Your comment made me smile. Why are you smiling like ismaila? Love you and remain blessed

Allied said...

I read this at the right time...

Boaz, i am waiting for you oh..