Day Four: Safety First

Ruth 2:12 – “May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.

“So the relation between taking refuge under God’s wings, on the one hand, and leaving home to care for Naomi, on the other hand, is that being under God’s wings enabled Ruth to forsake human refuge and give herself in love to Naomi. Or another way to say it is that leaving home and loving Naomi are the result and evidence of taking refuge in God. This is why I said in the introduction that one of the aims of this book is to release radical, risk-taking love. It comes from humble confidence in the mighty and merciful wings of God.
So now back to Ruth’s question in verse 10: ‘Why have I found favor?’ The answer is that she has taken refuge under the wings of God and that this has given her the freedom and the desire to leave home and love Naomi. She has not earned mercy from God or Boaz. She is not their employee. They are not paying her wages for her work. On the contrary, she has honored them by admitting her need for their work and by taking refuge in their generosity.” [J. Piper, A Sweet and Bitter Providence]

From the safety of God’s wings, we are emboldened to take great risks to love others. Let’s sing of His great love for us and others with this song – “Your Wings” (Click here) by Lauren Daigle.

– JP