Time to put on the dog
by Sparta Live | June 4, 2018 6:47 am
By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church
There’s a parody written a few years back that pokes fun at a wife who wants a fur coat and a husband that can’t afford to buy her one. As the song goes, the solution to his problem jumped out in front of him on the highway one night. The neighbor lost a German shepherd that night, but his wife gained a new fur coat. Now, when she goes out on the town, the song says, “She’s puttin’ on the dog.”
I’ve always heard it said not to dress for the job you have but instead dress for the job you want. Sometimes in life, we may have to put on the dog from time to time when the opportunity presents itself.
In the Old Testament, there is a story of a widowed mother-in-law and her widowed daughter-in-law. Their names are Ruth and Naomi. In the book of Ruth chapter 3, Naomi is the aged widow who has lost her husband and both sons, and her foreign daughter-in-law has returned with her to Naomi’s native Bethlehem. Naomi has a relative named Boaz who is called their kinsman redeemer. According to Jewish tradition, a male relative would come to the rescue of such an individual in distress or trouble.
Ruth finds favor with Boaz, as she follows the harvesters in the fields accumulating the scraps and leftovers. Now Naomi plots to get them together. She instructs Ruth in chapter 3 and verse 3 to clean herself up and put on the dog because she was about to meet Boaz in a different way. That night, she entered secretly into the workplace of those working on the harvest, and God ordained their meeting. She was dressed differently than he had ever seen her. She no longer wore clothing that indicated mourning for her dead husband. Boaz, being a man of honor, would not make any advancements toward her as long as she was in mourning. Boaz was impressed that Ruth could have reached out to other young men in her time of need, but she didn’t.
Boaz redeemed Naomi. He and Ruth married, and their heritage produced the great king, David, and our redeemer and savior, Jesus Christ.
We may enter a situation beaten down and dejected, and you may be one of those as you read this. People and life have a way of deteriorating great promise and intentions. The dream may look less and less attainable. With every year, it becomes diluted with reality. Naomi and Ruth moved to Bethlehem alone and without promise and found favor with their redeemer. Don’t give in, and don’t give up. Your redeemer cares about and loves you more than you can imagine. Put on the dog, my friend, because your bridegroom is ready to change your world.
Let’s meet up and talk more about puttin’ on the dog this Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., at Christpoint Church. We’re located on the square, in Sparta, and we’re just real people, living real lives, serving a real God. me home.