After one month of dating, I knew my wife was someone very special. “Oh yes!” I thought to myself. “Someday, I will marry this woman!” Of course, that was presumptuous and the intensity of affection I was feeling toward her was definitely one-sided. She needed more time to trust and respect me. Thus, I was committed to doing everything possible to woo her during this courtship. Thoughtful notes were cleverly left in places where she would undoubtedly find them. I would surprise her with a home-cooked meal. Flowers were delivered to her office. I desired to show her that I was attentive, completely smitten and in love with her, even if she was not yet decided. Six months later, I proposed, and thankfully, she agreed.
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 2:12 (ESV)
Boaz heard of Ruth’s reputation even before he met her. She was a Moabite, a foreigner to the Israelites and a group of people the Israelites shunned, yet Boaz knew of her godly reputation as a woman who gave up her own people and her gods, remaining devoted to her mother in law, Naomi, and returning to Israel with her, forsaking the possibility of marrying another in her own homeland. Boaz was smitten with her from the moment he met her but allowed the relationship to develop, demonstrating his love and devotion to her, in spite of all the cultural and religious hurdles with which he was confronted.
Isn’t this what God does? He is in love with us, despite the fact that we sin against Him and disobey Him. God did not have to redeem us but God loves us so much that He will do everything to bring us back into the loving relationship that He created us to enjoy in Him. What did He do? God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to live on this earth as a Man and whoever believes in Him shall have salvation and eternal life.
Many years ago, I did everything possible to win my wife’s love. God does everything possible to win our love. This is the Good News-the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Oh Yes! That is some kind of love!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.