Boaz wanted to marry the widow Ruth, but there was one problem. According to the law the nearest relative had the first right to marry a widow and there was a closer relative than Boaz. I believe it reflects his spiritual mindedness that Boaz even brought up the possibility. He was not going to proceed with the marriage unless he was certain it had God’s approval.
What impresses me most is the way he expresses the possibility that someone else might marry Ruth: “Stay this night, and in the morning it shall be that if he will perform the duty of a close relative for you-good; let him do it”.
If someone else gets to marry you….good! In other words, I’m ok with that if that is God’s will.
It may not mean “good” in the sense that I am glad – but it does reflect a resignation to the will of God. He doesn’t sound resentful. There’s no, “I’ll be depressed for the rest of my life” or plan B, “we will runaway to Moab where we can do what we want.”
Likewise we should accept the will of God for our lives, without regret or second guessing. Life may not unfold the way we desire but if its the will of God….good! Its easier said than done, certainly, but perhaps God has a plan or purpose we cannot see or something better prepared for us.
And if something is not the will of God…NOT GOOD! If we truly fear God we will never be happy knowing we are living in disobedience.
Question: We studied this story on Valentines day as an example of “Romance According To The Bible”. What do you consider the most romantic story in the Bible?