What does it say?
Ruth offered to glean the leftover grain from the fields. She happened to select a field belonging to Boaz, who was a relative of Naomi’s husband, Elimelech.
What does it mean?
In His providence, God arranged a divine appointment between two people who lived by faith in the God of Israel—a Jewish man of wealth and integrity and a poor Moabite widow. Boaz commended Ruth for her commitment to care for Naomi. In turn, God used Boaz to provide protection and food for Ruth, the Moabitess. Later, she learned that Boaz happened to be a close relative, a kinsman-redeemer. God was at work behind the scenes, both in their lives and preparing the way for our future Kinsman-Redeemer to enter Bethlehem!
How should I respond?
Have you ever thought, "It was just a coincidence . . . I just happened to be at the right place at the right time?" This moment in Ruth's life demonstrates that God is always orchestrating events in ways we would not anticipate. Sometimes we are like Ruth, in need of help and hope. Other times we are like Boaz, positioned to provide and redeem circumstances for others. There are no coincidences in God's kingdom. Every encounter and situation is an opportunity to show and share the love of Christ to other people.