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A Couple to Imitate

Posted in: Bible Study ♦ Monday, March 29th, 2010, 10:40 am ♦ 6 Comments on A Couple to Imitate
A Couple to Imitate

My Bible reading plan took me to the wonderful book of Ruth today. I love this little book. Although it is small in text, it is mighty in significance. It stands out as a beacon of light and hope against the darkness and rebellion of the people during the time of the Judges. God used it to speak to me personally about His redemptive power, His provision for my daily need and my need to honor Him in the day-to-day.

I couldn’t escape the tugging on my heart to share the book of Ruth with you all. The love story that unfolds in these four chapters is God-honoring and God-glorifying. I desire that each of you would imitate Ruth in the way you love and seek after your Lord and that in doing so, God might send you a Boaz.  If you get a moment, read the four chapters of Ruth before you read the information I wanted to share with you about the book below.

Too often women settle for Bozos (as Lady in Waiting refers to them). God is calling you to hold out for a Boaz. As I read through Ruth, these were the qualities of Boaz that stood out to me. Read through the description of this valiant man and add any in the comments section that I may have missed.


  • Spoke the language of faith (2:4)
  • Respected by those he directed (2:4)
  • Practically cared for Ruth by providing her with provision & protection (2:8-9)
  • Encourages Ruth (2:11-12)
  • Prays for Ruth (2:12)
  • Speaks kindly to Ruth (2:13)
  • Shows genuine concern for Ruth’s well-being (2:14-15)
  • Joins with Ruth in her mission to care for her mother in law, Naomi (2:15)
  • Boaz has his workers watch out for her, too (2:15-16)
  • Doesn’t want Ruth to be embarrassed (2:15)
  • Kind (2:20)
  • Generous (2:21, 3:15)
  • Honorable/Does the right thing (3:12-14, 18)
  • Protect Ruth’s purity & honor (3:13-15)
  • Open & honest, involves the accountability of many in transactions (3:9-12)
  • Seeks to redeem (3:9-10)
  • Others desire good for him (3:11-12)

Are you questioning if guys like this actually exist today? THEY ARE OUT THERE! Believe me! I married one! Hold out. Don’t settle. The Lord has great things in store for you in your future husband if you will follow hard after Him. Now, I want you to read about the qualities of Ruth. She, too was amazing!


  • Turned her back on the gods of her people & culture in order to follow the One True God (1:16)
  • Took care of a widow (as commanded in James 1:27) (1:14)
  • Concerned with seeking after God more than seeking after a husband (1:11, 17)
  • Not afraid to go to a new town, place & people in order to follow God (1:15)
  • Took initiative to work; not idle (2:2)
  • Works hard & steadily (2:7, 17)
  • Humble (2:10, 13; 3:9)
  • Took refuge in the Lord (2:12)
  • Didn’t linger over her meal to try & work her ‘magic’ on Boaz. Got back to work (2:15)
  • Gives generously to others (2:18)
  • She was an encouragement (2:20)
  • Loyal (2:23)
  • Does not run after men (3:10)
  • Kind (3:10)
  • Has the reputation of a woman with noble character (3:11)

Ladies, I implore you to hold out for a Boaz and become like Ruth as you wait for God to provide. I am praying for you today and asking God to put this couple before you as a model of the romance that is available to you so that you won’t settle for the cheap imitation the world has to offer.

For His glory,

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6 Responses to “A Couple to Imitate”

  1. Posted by: Lonna Segers
    March 30th, 2010 at 7:55 am

    I have to agree with you, excellent factors you have crafted in your case.

  2. Posted by: Greta
    March 31st, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Thank you Kate, I recently read the Book of Ruth and I think it was amazing and your study helped me to appreciate it even more.

  3. Posted by: Tuan Zimmerer
    March 31st, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    You make your own points effectively nonetheless I still am not won over yet.

  4. Posted by: Bobbie Kastning
    April 1st, 2010 at 2:34 am

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  5. May 27th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.

  6. Posted by: Steve
    May 28th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Thank you Kate, I recently read the Book of Ruth and I think it was amazing and your study helped me to appreciate it even more.

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