“The LORD repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!” Ruth 2:12
Reading this blessing Boaz speaks to Ruth, a woman who has left her family and nation to live with her mother-in-law among the people of God, I am reminded of the immeasurable, unfailing kindness of God toward those who take refuge in His wings.
The God of Heaven, who owes us nothing and has no need for anything from us, chooses to love us steadfastly and without a shadow of change. He is faithful and strong, characteristics which are most gloriously and powerfully displayed when we are at our weakest—when we know we have nothing to offer Him. Our world has fallen apart, we are faced with our weakness and failure, storms of life are raging around us and we don’t know what to do. When we take refuge in the wings of Almighty God, looking to Him for peace, for hope, for salvation, He does not turn us away. He encloses us, surrounding us as the mountains surround Jerusalem, and proves Himself faithful.
“I love you, O LORD, my strength.
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.”
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”