The Wings of God

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But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. The LORD repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!”

(Ruth 2:11–12)

This morning, as I was reading the book of Ruth, I was struck by a phrase in 2:12: “The LORD repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!”

These words were spoken by Boaz to Ruth when he met her and heard of her selfless love for her mother-in-law. Boaz assured her of God’s care by referencing the well-known old covenant image of God as an eagle caring for his people (see Exodus 19:4; Deuteronomy 32:10–12).

Later, Ruth was informed by her mother-in-law, Naomi, that Boaz was a kinsman-redeemer. That is, Boaz was in a position to be able to assume responsibility for Ruth’s welfare. Would he be willing to do so?

Naomi instructed Ruth to go to him to make an appeal, which she did in chapter 3. Interestingly, in making her appeal for him to redeem her, she used the same wording as in 2:12. Listen as she says: “I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer” (3:9).

Notice the same word picture. Being assured earlier that God would care for her as a mother eagle cares for her own, Boaz now becomes God’s means towards that end.

This is a rich passage and a whole series of messages could be preached from it. But suffice it to observe, for now, that God does care for his own, and he uses means to do so. Brothers and sisters, we are those means.

In these days of crisis and uncertainty for many, let’s be available to be God’s means to bring others under his caring wings. Phone one another and, if it is appropriate to do so in the light of protocols, meet with and remind others that God is in control. Make yourself available to run errands for those who cannot. If you can meet a financial need, then do so. The possibilities to be a means for God’s grace are endless.

As we rest on and under the wings of God, let’s do all we can for others to experience those wonderful wings as well.