There are 2 special women in the eyes of the Lord whose lives were summarized in the books of the Bible according to their names, namely Ruth and Esther. In this opportunity, we will learn about Ruth, a Moabite.
Moabite was a nation cursed by God. They were not allowed to enter the assembly of the Lord (Deu 23:3-6).Ruth married Mahlon, an Israelite, the son of Elimelek & Naomi. Elimelek passed away, so were Kilion & Mahlon, who left behind 3 widows: Naomi, Orpah & Ruth.
With a background as a Moabite, a poor woman and a widow, it seemed like Ruth did not have hope and future; either in her own country, Moab, or in Naomi’s country, Israel (Ruth 1:7-13). However the Word of God recorded that Ruth finally enjoyed a blessed and happy life; and her name was even listed in King David’s and Lord Jesus’ genealogy.
If we notice, Ruth could not choose not to be born as a Moabite and neither did she want his husband, Mahlon to die. However, she could not change her background and situations which were out of her control.
Every one of us has a background that we could not choose either, e.g. family where we were born, the things that happened beyond our control, the sins that we had committed and all those become our past.
We could not change the past. Therefore the devil always reminds us about our past, because he knows that we could not do anything with it. But God is ABLE to change our future, just like what He did in Ruth’s life, amen!
Today, we are going to learn about what did Ruth do to soften God’s heart and received God’s amazing grace in her life.
There are 3 things that we are going to learn from the life of Ruth:
1. RUTH CHOSE THE GOD OF ISRAEL (RUTH 1:16-17)
Naomi loved both of her daughters in laws. Considering their background and Israelites’ view towards Moabites, Naomi advised them to return to Moab because it seemed to be the best option for them. Orpah followed Naomi’s advice to return to Moab and from then on, her name is never mentioned in the Bible.
However Ruth CHOSE to go with Naomi, even though it means that she had to leave her family, her nation and faced the risk of living in Israel. She loved Naomi with all of her heart and above all, she CHOSE the God of Israel! (Ruth 2:11)
Today, whatever our background and past are, that make us think that we have no more hope and future, we still have to believe thatnothing is impossible for GOD and there is a future filled with hope in Jesus, amen!
Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you,plans to give you hope and a future.
The question is: which God do we choose and worship?
2. RUTH WAS A FAITHFUL WOMAN
Ruth did not only make promises, she kept them faithfully to Naomi and God. I believe that in the beginning Ruth may be under estimated by Israelites because of her Moabites background, a widow & poor.
However Ruth refused to be disappointed with the situation, but continued to be faithful with her promises.
The Greek word for Ruth is Rooth, which means a good friend. Ruth’s characters which are faithfulness, humility and obedience changed the hearts of people around her (Ruth 2:11; 22-23; 3:5). Even after she became Boaz’s wife and gave birth to a son, she was still faithful to her
promises. Her success and riches didn’t change Ruth’s heart towards her promises. (Ruth 4:16).
2 Tim 2:13 if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown himself.
God whom we worship is a FAITHFUL God who keeps His promises even to those who are unfaithful, how much more to the faithful ones. (Deu 7:9)
3. GOD POURED OUT HIS GRACE IN RUTH’S LIFE
Ecc 9:11 I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time andchance happen to them all.
The word of God says that it’s not because we are swift, strong, brilliant or favor to the learned, but because of time and chance.
The same thing happened in the life of Ruth, a poor and weak widow who was not accepted by Israelites, she had nothing other than her faithfulness to what she promised! Therefore God placed her at the right place, at the right time and with the right person.
Ruth 2:3 And she went. And she came and gleaned in the field after the reapers. And she happened to come upon a part of the field of Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.
Out of so many fields, it seemed that Ruth was “happened” to go to the field belonged to Boaz, the relative who could redeem her (Ruth 3:9). It happened that Boaz was willing to redeem Ruth, even though there was other redeemer who was more closely related than him. However Boaz was willing to settle it. (Ruth 3:12-13; 4:1-11).
The same thing happens to all of us who choose to worship Lord Jesus, our redeemer, so that through Jesus, we also receive God’s grace that we will be placed by God at the right place, at the right time and with the right person!
Ruth did 2 things under her control, that became the turning point of her future and God revealed one thing in the life of Ruth: the outpouring of His amazing grace.
Today, let us meditate whether we have done our parts, things under our control. If we do it, I believe that God will do His part, to pour out His amazing grace in our lives, amen!