Have you ever wondered why Boaz was so kind to Ruth at the threshing floor (Ruth 3)? Why was he the only one who spoke up about her? Why was he willing to not only marry her, but redeem her whole family while everyone else remained silent?
I think the answer is found in Boaz’s testimony. Do you know his story? It is incredible.
The Bible introduces Boaz’s mom to us as a prostitute. Talk about some family bondage, but this was his testimony. Boaz grew up with a mom that had once been a foreigner to God. He lived with a mom whose city had been evil. He had a mom that was in a pit of sin until one day she radically encountered God.
God changed everything in his family. Boaz now lived with a mom who decided to partner with the people of God and was led to confess that the “LORD your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath” (Josh. 2:11). He grew up with a mom who made oaths to ensure that her family would be redeemed. He lived with a mom who concealed things in order to be loyal to the one true God. He grew up with a mom who was faithful and loyal to her family. He lived with a mom who saw God work redemption even in the midst of judgment (Josh 2).
So, why was Boaz kind to Ruth- a foreign woman who was from an evil city? Why was he willing to redeem her even in the midst of judgment? Why didn’t he treat her like a foreign woman, but instead as a woman who had been transformed by God and saved from sin?
He may have been the only one to notice Ruth, because God had turned his testimony into his ministry. You see our testimonies are meant to give us a lens to see our appointed ministry. Because of what we’ve been through, we are going to see things others might not. Because God had comforted Boaz’s family with redemption and loyalty, it is not surprising that Boaz was able to see where he could extend that same comfort to his future bride.
Boaz’s experiences were meant to give him lenses to see others who were hurting and needed Jesus’ touch. God gave him a unique perspective. He equipped him to minister to Ruth because of his testimony with God.
The same is true for us. Our testimony is our appointed place of ministry in the church and with unbelievers.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort hich we ourselves are comforted by God.”
I love this verse, and cannot tell you how many women I have been able to pray with and speak to because the Lord allowed me to lose a child to miscarriage. God has not only given me eyes to see hurting people, but he has turned my testimony into a ministry.
So the question is: what has God equipped you with? What have you been through where Christ comforted you? Friend, those areas where the Lord comforted and healed you is probably going to be your strongest area of ministry.
First we must be comforted by God in all of our afflictions, so that second, we can share that same comfort with others (2 Cor. 1:3-4).