Finding Favor

Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger? Ruth 2:10

Ruth is one of my favorite books to read. It’s an easy, quick read, and you can’t help but cheer on the main protagonist. The story contains elements of loss, struggle, romance, and grace. (Hollywood has nothing on God’s story writing abilities.)

Taking a step back from the story, I realized that Ruth is one of the most relatable people for a believer. She starts out as this unknown character without a particular identity or past. The only background information we have about her is that she is from Moab and that she became a widow. I’m sure you have somehow been in her sandals. There was a time in your life when you desperately tried to find purpose or fulfillment on your own efforts, but you ultimately failed.

Just as Ruth found Boaz, you found God unexpectedly. I love how Boaz is adamant about wanting Ruth solely to stay in his fields and to get all her needs from him and that he assured her security. What’s amazing is that God is even more adamant about wanting us to abide in Him and find security in Him! He gave us the Living bread and water that quenches our thirst. Once you have a relationship with Christ, there is no longer anymore wandering. There is no need to find another field! Instead of trying to work and do things using your own abilities, God intervenes and says, “Hey, I already took care of it. Everything I have is yours. You are safe. Rest in Me.”

Out of all the people who frequented Boaz’s field, he only gave preference to Ruth. Was she pretty? Did she have an amazing personality? What was so special about Ruth that Boaz showed her grace? Now ask yourself that same question. How many times have you asked God, “Why did you pick me? Why did you favor me with grace?” I know I wonder that all the time! I can’t fathom why an all-powerful and an all-knowing God decided to know me intimately, let alone love me.

Because it seems too good to be true, we sometimes have a hard time trusting God and depending on Him. It’s a daily struggle for me to just LET God do the work. When I try to fix my own problems without counseling Him or make decisions without asking God first, I just end up making a mess that God has to clean up in the end anyway! If we were capable of fending for ourselves, God would never have sent down His Son to the cross.

Ruth had nothing to offer, but Boaz chose to marry her. Even though we were just broken strangers, God came into the picture and adopted us into His family. How incredible is that?! Choose to accept the truth of the assurance of God’s promises in your life. You will never regret it.

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