The book of Ruth tells us God uses ordinary people to do great things. In the Lord’s providence a bitter widow who advocated dubious means for a good end, a loyal daughter-in-law, and a self-sacrificing man of honor were all used in His plan of salvation. All of us, no matter our past sins or present vocations, have an important place in our Father’s unfolding plan for history. By faith, seek to obey Him and thereby fulfill this role.
Boaz was ultimately rewarded for his selfless deed when he was included in the line of David and thus the line of Christ (Matt. 1:1–17). He did not know that this would be his reward when he cared for Ruth, however. Likewise, we do not always know how God is going to reward us for doing what is right, but we can rest assured that we will be repaid for any sacrifice we make to obey His law, whether now, in the age to come, or both.