Ruth 2:20 – “The Lord bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. “He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is our close relative; he is one of our guardian-redeemers.”
“Naomi’s seeking has been feeble and lacking energy… almost entirely passive… But she has found God to be kind not just to Ruth but to her as well. When she refers to God being kind to ‘the living [and] the dead’ (v. 20), she describes the change that his kindness has already begun to bring about in her own life. Once she was dead (or virtually so); now she lives, because God has had mercy on her, even though her seeking has been so feeble. Boaz, too, is a seeker of sorts, trying to work out the right course of action…with a very complex situation… And finally, God himself is a seeker in this chapter. Behind all the chance events that work for Ruth and Naomi’s good is his hidden providence as his kindness eventually seeks them out in their need and provides for them. Ruth and Naomi make the wonderful, heart-stopping, surprising discovery by the end of the chapter that God has been seeking them!
…[God] rewards seekers, whether they seek resolutely as Ruth did or in perplexity like Boaz or whether, like Naomi, they barely have the energy or desire to seek at all.” [Barry G. Webb, Judges and Ruth: God in Chaos]