Favor

“And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.” (Ruth 2:2)

Grace is undeserved favor from the Lord. Think of a time where you deserved punishment or retribution for wronging someone, but instead they extended grace to you. Now think of times have you had an opportunity to practice grace. Think of someone who has wronged you. Jesus calls us to extend grace to our enemies, to bless them instead of cursing them.

Because Ruth was a Moabite, she did not deserve to live in Israel. But she not only went there – she found favor there.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

Are you praying for someone? Are you trying to find answers? Turn to the Bible. Read and memorize so you will have scriptures in your heart for these times. Your spirit needs to feast on the words of God everyday, remembering also that Jesus is God’s Word in the flesh!

Ruth went to a field she had never been to, owned by someone she had never met, but nevertheless, she expected she would find favor.

She did find favor in the eyes of Boaz, the owner of the field. He became her kimsman-redeemer. To be kinsman-redeemer, you had to be 3 things:

1) Wealthy
2) A close relative
3) Willing to redeem

Jesus is our kinsman-redeemer. He is wealthy. He became flesh to save us. And He is most definitely willing to redeem, even to redeem outsiders and outcasts.

Naomi didn’t have to pull any strings for Ruth to be allowed in Boaz’s field. We don’t have to pull any strings with God, either. There is no formula to follow, no hoops to jump through.

The church is like a field. The Lord owns the field, and there are legitimate workers in the field, those who have been there for a while and are enjoying the blessings of being a harvester. There are also gleaners – maybe people who are new. The more you come to the field – the more you read His word and fellowship with other believers – the more you will glean, and the more you will grow.

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