When Ruth came to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, “How did it go, my daughter?” Then she told her everything Boaz had done for her and added, “He gave me these six measures of barley, saying, ‘Don’t go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.’” Then Naomi said, “Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens. For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today.” Ruth 3, verses 16-18
“For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today.” Have you considered that another way of saying this is “there’s no time like the present.” In fact, that statement is true of every time, of every day because the only day we are guaranteed is today. We’ve already lived through yesterday and tomorrow is not guaranteed. But we are here and now, right now. You and I live in the present, in today. So does God.
Boaz understood this, and so did Naomi. Ruth is learning it. She’s learning it because her mother in law advised her that her prospective suitor lives in the present and won’t let the sun set on his task at hand. Live in the present and be patient.
That’s good advice for us as well. Boaz and Ruth are dancing a romantic dance, and they have signaled their mutual intent to marry. They have spoken about obligation, honor, faith, commitment and tradition. Now Ruth is being implored to be patient and trust God (by trusting Boaz). When was the last time someone implored you to be patient knowing that a resolution was actually close at hand?
Heck, I think my wife implores me every day to be patient about something. She’s usually right, too. And she’s usually right when the solution to whatever is vexing me is right around the corner. Sometimes, in the throes of impatience, it’s difficult to keep calm and carry on.
We need to live proactively in today, to not count on tomorrow but, instead, take advantage of where God has us today. Where He has each of us is exactly where He intends us to be. He intends for us to use the gifts He gives us to the betterment of His kingdom, which in whatever way means the betterment of ourselves.
And then He intends for us, asks us, desires for us to trust Him and be patient. To do our best, then to do our best to let Him take the wheel. To let things play out as they will.
Lord, thank You for the challenges of today, for letting me live in today, and for modeling patience for me.
Read Ruth 3.
Do you struggle with being patient?
Do you struggle with letting God take control?