“And Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that… Ruth the Moabites… I have acquired as my wife… You are witnesses this day… And all the people who were at the gate, and the elders, said, “We are witnesses”… So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son” (Ru 4:9, 10, 13)
Many young men and women pray for a happy marriage. They are believers but many make mistakes and imitate the world. They dream of that day when they are able to announce to the public that they are engaged and plan to marry. They dream of their wedding day. For them, that day marks the height of their happiness…Or so they think…
But in the Bible we see that all good visible things, all public rewards start with a hidden root in Christ. That holy invisible root has been growing in the ground of the Spirit for many years. In the first three Chapters of the Book of Ruth, we see her life story as a faithful, kind, submissive, obedient and hard working woman. She suffered much but kept her new found faith in Jehovah. In Chapter four her quiet testimony becomes public. The proposal for the marriage is done by Boaz at the City Gate. This is a peculiar place. It is the most public place in the city. It is the gate where the elders gather to discuss all important events in the community. It is the Gate of Judgment and revelation of Grace. Ruth’s life story is now displayed before all men in Bethlehem. Boaz pleads her case knowing that she has a good testimony with all the people.
How many times has Ruth passed thru this gate! Each day in the morning and evening she passed thru this gate to go outside the city and work in the fields, for her daily bread. The Gate is a witness to her pains, labors and faithfulness. Jesus also said that all good deeds done in private shall be rewarded openly in the presence of all the people (Mt 6:4).
Do you want to marry well? True and lasting romance starts long before the engagement day. It begins in the hidden place of prayer, commitment and humble service to God and men. The road to happy marriage is soaked in prayer. That narrow holy road will end at the Gate! Jesus said ‘I am the Gate of the Sheep’ (Jn 10:7). The Gate shall speak for you at last!