Perseverance Brings Success
Author: F. Duane Lindsey
Week of September 14, 2014
Ruth 4:5-6; 1 John 2:15-17
Florence Chadwick, the first woman to swim the English channel in both directions, set out to be the first woman to swim the twenty-one miles from Catalina Island to the coast of Southern California. She persevered for fifteen hours through bone-chilling cold, increasing fatigue, and dense fog that prevented her from seeing even the boats beside her. She finally gave up and was lifted into one of the boats, only to learn that she was only a half-mile from the shore, invisible because of the fog. She said, “If I could have seen the shore, I might have made it.” She was defeated not by the cold or even the fatigue, but by the fog, which obscured her goal.
Boaz did not give up when his goal was obscured by the willingness of the nearer kinsman to be the redeemer. He persevered with his plan to inform the man, “On the day you buy the land from Naomi and from Ruth the Moabitess, you acquire the dead man’s widow, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property” (Ruth 4:5).
That levirate function was not agreeable to the kinsman. So he immediately responded, “Then I cannot redeem it because I might endanger my own estate. You redeem it yourself” (v. 6). Boaz must have been delighted that God had blessed his plan to accomplish his goal.
For you: The Word of God provides many goals for Christians. One of those goals is to become more conformed to the image of Christ (Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:18). We must not let “the world or anything...in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does” (1 John 2:15-16) create a fog that obscures our goal of being transformed into the image of Christ.