How To Spot A Good Guy - The One Year Devotions for Women on the Go
How to Spot a Good Guy
Read Ruth 2:11-13
May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully. Ruth 2:12
I hear it all the time: “There are no good men left in the world!”
How did Ruth figure out that Boaz was a good guy?
A good man has . . .
- A good reputation. Those he trusted, trusted him. “Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side . . . a man of standing, whose name was Boaz.” (Ruth 2:1, NIV)
- Good manners. “And Ruth . . . said to Naomi, ‘Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.’ . . . Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, ‘The Lord be with you!’ ” (vv. 2, 4, NIV)
- Women’s safety in mind. “So Boaz said to Ruth, ‘My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with my servant girls. Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the girls. I have told the men not to touch you.’ ” (vv. 8-9, NIV)
- A woman’s well-being in mind. “ ‘And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.’ . . . At mealtime Boaz said to her, ‘Come over here. Have some bread and dip it in the wine vinegar.’ When she sat down with the harvesters, he offered her some roasted grain. She ate all she wanted and had some left over. As she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his men, ‘Even if she gathers among the sheaves, don’t embarrass her. Rather, pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up, and don’t rebuke her.’ ” (vv. 9, 14-16, NIV)
- An eye for good character in others. “Boaz replied, ‘I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before.’ ” (v. 11, NIV)