“Ruth fell at his feet and thanked him warmly. ‘What have I done to deserve such kindness?’ she asked. ‘I am only a foreigner.’” (Ruth 2:10)
In this chapter, Ruth asks permission from her mother-in-law, Naomi, if she could go to work, to help gather in the harvest. So off to work she goes, asking workers if she could follow along the other harvesters, picking up the stalks of grain they left behind. She just so happens to come to the field of a wealthy and influential man named Boaz, but not only that, she discovers he is one of her dead husbands closest relatives, a family redeemer. Boaz is exceptionally kind to her and tells her to stay in his field, not to go to other fields, lest she be harassed. He makes sure she is treated properly, ordering the young men to not give her a hard time, feeds her and even tells his workers to leave grain on the ground on purpose for her. So after her first day of work, she brings home a good amount of grain for her and Naomi, who was very blessed by it and by the news that she was working with Boaz.
Ruth was overwhelmed at the kindness of Boaz, that she asked him what she had done to deserve such kindness, since she was only a foreigner. Boaz goes onto tell her how he had heard of all her kindness to Naomi, and that was the reason why. But you know, many people experience the kindness and goodness of God and ask why. We haven’t deserved any of it. Have you heard people say, “I am only…” this and that, putting themselves down, knowing they don’t deserve God’s forgiveness and kindness? There is one word to describe this situation- GRACE. Grace means undeserved favour. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but by grace through faith, we are forgiven and saved! It is by grace we are saved, and we receive it through faith- believing that God will and does forgive us, doing what He has promised to do! Believe and receive His GRACE that none of us deserve, amen!
“Father, thank You that it is by grace through faith that I am saved and forgiven! Thank You for Your marvellous grace toward us who believe in You, and I will praise You for it for the rest of my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.”
*Rom 3:10-12, 21-24; Eph 2:8-10