Wait with Expectancy
"Wait, my daughter, until you know how the matter turns out; for the man will not rest until he has settled it today."
Since we only have one verse to look at in our post, I thought I would share it in two other translations.
Ruth 3:18 KJV
"Then said she, 'Sit still, my daughter, until (you) know how the matter will fall; for the man will not rest until he (has) finished the thing today.'"
Ruth 3:18 Message
"Sit back and relax, my dear daughter, until we find out how things turn out; the man isn't going to fool around. Mark my words, he's going to get everything wrapped up today."
Back in the summer, when I first looked at this particular verse in our daily layout of the book of Ruth, I originally entitled today's post, "The Passionate Pursuit." I jumped straight to Boaz "not resting until he settled the matter today." This part of the verse is oh-so-exctiing, and is indeed going to happen, but not once did my eyes focus on the first part of the verse until I read Warren Weirsbe's commentary. His words drew me to the first part of the verse that says, "Sit still, my daughter." What a contrast between what Ruth was supposed to do (wait) and what Boaz was going to do (not rest).
Wait. I think this instruction was probably the hardest thing for Ruth to do yet. She had faithfully obeyed and now, she was told by her mother-in-law to simply "sit still." It would not benefit Ruth at all to follow Boaz around to make sure he was doing what he promised, or that he was doing things the way she thought they should be done--(in other words, micromanage). Just like Ruth, sitting still may be our hardest "action-verb". How often, I want to tell God how to do things, or say to Him, "Hurry up." It's hard to wait, isn't it?
In this passage, Ruth waited...with EXPECTANCY. She was given a promise by her kinsman redeemer, and both she and Naomi believed it and held onto it with eager hope. I want to do the same with the promises the Lord gives me. Instead of waiting with worry or doubt or fear, I want to wait with with the hope of the fulfillment of a promise. My daughter Maggie Marie Gilmer is 26 weeks pregnant. Every week that she sends me an update about sweet little Hally Christine's development inside her womb, I get more and more excited for her birth in early January! We are all waiting with joyful anticipation for what is to come.
Today, are. you waiting for the Lord to act in a certain area? Wait with expectancy rather anxiety. God's love for us is as ardent as Boaz's was for Ruth, and then some! While we sit still, trust that He "will not rest" for both your sake and mine.
For further reading: Psalm 27:14; Isaiah 30:7; Philippians 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:24
Help me to remember that as I am waiting patiently, You are working perfectly. Build my trust in You. Yes, in the waiting, I will praise You. In the waiting, I will trust You. In the waiting, I will be expectant with hope and joy. Amen.