When I first starting dating my wife, she was an avid West Coast Swing dancer. She had been taking lessons for over a year and graciously invited me to join her classes. I quickly discovered that the only thing I had in common with West Coast Swing was the fact that I also lived on the West Coast. As I observed her gliding through the intricate steps with a natural grace and ease, I realized that if I were to win this woman over, I needed to step up my skill level, in a big manner!
Fortunately, one of my partners at that time was also an avid West Coast Swing dancer and his wife was a former national champion! With his blessing, I hired her as my private instructor, but I did not stop there. I rented dozens of instructional videos as well as highlights of the last three years of the national West Coast Swing championships. I also purchased every book written by the top West Coast Swing dancers in the world, digesting every subtle clue that could make me a better dancer.
I had to make sure I was covering all my angles!
And now it is true that I am a redeemer. Yet there is a redeemer nearer than I.
Ruth 3:12 (ESV)
There are few love stories as tender and beautiful as the romance between Boaz and Ruth. In this event just preceding this passage, Ruth asks Boaz to redeem her and claim her as his wife, as allowed under the Hebrew Mosaic law. Boaz is in love with Ruth but he also knew that there was a relative who was closer to Ruth than he was and this relative would have to first relinquish his claim to redeem her as his wife. How did Boaz know this? From the moment he first set eyes upon Ruth, he was smitten. He heard of Ruth’s excellent reputation and although he would have been delighted to be her kinsman-redeemer, he knew there was another relative who was closer and had the true legitimate claim. He knew this because he had done his homework; he was covering all his angles! He was ready to seize the opportunity if Ruth made the legal claim for Boaz to be her kinsman-redeemer. When this relative relinquished his right to be Ruth’s kinsman-redeemer, Boaz was free to step in and marry her.
God’s love is just like this! When life challenges us beyond what we think we are capable of handling on our own, He steps in and offers an opportunity to take His Hand in fellowship by confessing and repenting of our sins and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
He answers all of our questions. He resolves all of our doubts, He comforts us when no one else can. He does everything possible to secure our love and trust.
He covers all our angles!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.