For the man will not rest

She replied, “Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out, for the man will not rest but will settle the matter today” (Ruth 3:18).

Naomi, in the middle of giving advice to her daughter-in-law Ruth, makes a statement about the character of Boaz.

“For the man will not rest but will settle the matter today…”

I believe that is a wonderful testimony to Boaz’ character. Naomi knew that Boaz was the kind of man who would keep his word and get the job done. He would follow through on his commitments.

This is a good example for husbands to follow. In our homes, we need to be men like Boaz and give our wives the security and peace knowing that when we commit to something, it is going to get done.

Think for a moment about what value we are placing on our wives when we keep telling them something is going to get done and we don’t follow through. Consider the position we put our wives in when they ask us to do something, and we say we’ll do it, but they have to remind us constantly. Then we accuse them of nagging us, but we put them in that position in the first place. On top of that, we then drop everything to go help a neighbor or a buddy finish a project while the one we said we would get done months ago still remains unfinished. What does that say to our wives? Or, we may say that we don’t have money to finish the project, but then found the same amount of money or more to go do something we wanted to do. These things all speak loudly to our wives and tell her where she rates on our scale. We may not like it, but that’s how many wives see it.

Please take time to prayerfully meditate upon the example of Boaz today. He committed to a task, and Naomi assured Ruth that Boaz would not rest until the matter was settled. This brings great peace and reassurance in a marriage. We will finish what we start.

Sometimes we make commitments too quickly and that is part of the problem. Other times we don’t “count the cost” before we say we’ll do something, so we need not to be so impulsive and do some research and prayer first! In those cases, you may need to eat some humble pie and apologize. But then there are other times when we just get tired, or frustrated, distracted, confused or bored with a project and so we move on to something else. There may be times when we need to ask a friend to help us with a project so that we can get it finished.

Let’s be a Boaz, men. Be the kind of man that your wife can count on, knowing that you will get the job done.

Naboth’s Vineyard – Not for Sale

Now it came about after these things that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard which was in Jezreel beside the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. Ahab spoke to Naboth, saying, “Give me your vineyard, that I may have it for a vegetable garden because it is close beside my house, and I will give you a better vineyard than it in its place; if you like, I will give you the price of it in money.” But Naboth said to Ahab, “The LORD forbid me that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers.”
(1 Kings 21:1-3)

Naboth’s Vineyard – Not for Sale.

In last Friday’s article, we looked into how the Israelites’ property was to stay in a family perpetually. So, real quick, it would have been against God’s law for Naboth to sell his vineyard to King Ahab, no matter how tempting the price or offer may have been. According to God, Naboth’s vineyard was not for sale. Of course, wicked King Ahab and his even more wicked wife, Queen Jezebel, had absolutely no regard for God’s law. They were going to get that vineyard by hook or by crook.

Unfortunately for Naboth, because he refused to sell his vineyard to Ahab, Jezebel had him murdered (read the rest of 1 Kings 21). In fact, if you read 2 Kings 9:26, the Bible makes it clear that not only Naboth was killed, but his sons were also murdered by Jezebel.

Naboth lost his life, but he did not lose his integrity and character. Eventually, God brought judgment upon all the house of Ahab because of this evil deed, and many others for that matter.

So, what is to be learned? Are you for sale? Is your integrity up for auction to the highest bidder? What is your price? Do you compromise your morals if the offer is just too good to pass up?

There are many men like this in the world, but God’s men like Naboth must not be for sale. Naboth was unlike Esau, who for one bowl of stew sold his birthright to his brother Jacob (Hebrews 12:16-17). Be careful of the “bowls of stew” in this life, the temporary pleasures and benefits that call to us, but the cost in the end is far more expensive (Hebrews 11:24-25).

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
(Matthew 16:26)

The Road You Leave Behind You

2 Kings 17:22 – “For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they did not depart from them.”

This verse is written at the time of the destruction and captivity of the northern kingdom of Israel at the hands of the Assyrian Empire. That was 722 BC. When did Jeroboam institute these changes? 931 BC. Do the math.

Please think about that for a minute…Jeroboam instituted drastic religious and moral change and Israel never recovered from it. If you read from 1 Kings 13 to 2 Kings 17 you will find over and over and over again that each successive king to reign over Israel “did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam.” For over 200 years, Jeroboam’s departure from God affected the northern kingdom of Israel until their ultimate destruction by Assyria.

Men, take this to heart. You may not think so, but you have such power and influence that any departure you make from God’s word could be felt by people for hundreds of years after your death. You may be paving the way for your children, co-workers, neighbors, friends and teammates to continue in the same disobedience to God. That was true of David, Solomon, and countless other examples in Scripture.

For example:

  • You may be tempted to have that intimate relationship with your secretary or co-worker, but at what cost? Do you look into the future to see hundreds of years of consequences?
  • You may feel like it is necessary to lie and bend the rules a bit to get a deal through at work, but at what cost? How will that affect you, your family, and your company for years to come?
  • You might convince yourself to avoid certain laws, taxes and codes in order to save some money and headaches. But again, at what cost?

Jeroboam lived for the moment, but it lasted for 200 years. Men, please think of the road you leave behind.

Instead leave a path paved with righteousness, justice, integrity and honesty.