don’t jump the gun


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don’t jump the gun

Ruth 3:6-13 (JDV)

Ruth 3:6 She went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law had charged her to do.
Ruth 3:7 After Boaz ate, drank, and was in good spirits, he went to lie down at the end of the pile of barley, and she came secretly, uncovered his feet, and lay down.
Ruth 3:8 At midnight, Boaz was startled, turned over, and there lying at his feet was a woman!
Ruth 3:9 So he asked, “Who are you?” “I am Ruth, your servant,” she replied. “Spread out your wing, because you are a family deliverer.”
Ruth 3:10 Then he said, “May Yahveh bless you, my daughter. You have shown more kindness now than before, because you have not pursued younger men, whether rich or poor.
Ruth 3:11 Now don’t be afraid, my daughter. I will do for you whatever you say, since all the people in my town know that you are a woman of noble character.
Ruth 3:12 Yes, it is true that I am a family deliverer, but there is a deliverer closer than I am.
Ruth 3:13 Stay here tonight, and in the morning, if he wants to deliver you, that’s good. Let him deliver you. But if he doesn’t want to deliver you, as Yahveh lives, I will. Now lie down until morning.”

don’t jump the gun

Boaz wanted to do what was proper, so he had to be patient, even though he had already noticed Ruth, and shown kindness to her. He knew that the other relative had to reject Ruth first. He would not jump the gun.

Sometimes we will want to do something, and be able to do it, but there will be some obstacle in the way. It could be a test to see if we will jump the gun.

LORD, make us people determined to do the right thing at the right time.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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