“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.

Staying Faithful in Tough Times

READ: Ruth chapters 1 and 2

God will bring people into your life who will help you draw nearer to Him. Recognize them and stop resisting their teaching. Pray that the Lord will bring people into your life who will help you become more like Him. Also recognize that you might be in someone else’s life for this reason.

Naomi never begged Ruth to go with her. Sometimes we try to manipulate people into doing what we think they should, when instead, we need to let them go and let God work in their lives.

“I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty.” Naomi said this even though they originally left because they were starving. She is saying that she left with her husband and sons, and has now returned with none of them, and no means to provide for herself. It’s easy to look at our lives and see all that it missing, instead of all that is there – all that our lives are full of.

Happiness does not come from getting what you want, but from getting what God wants you to have.

A Great Truth About Jesus

Scripture for today: Ruth 2

Ruth was a Moabite, which was a group of people hated by the Israelites. Her mother-in-law, Naomi, was from Bethlehem. During this time, there was a famine in Israel, which is why Naomi’s husband had moved them to Moab, where their sons married Moabite women, which was not an approved thing to do if you were an Israelite. Ruth was a gleaner – gleaners were allowed to come into the fields and gather the bits of barley that were leftover after the harvesters had gone through.

Naomi was without a husband (bad) in a foreign land (also bad), so she decided to go back to Bethlehem. She sent Ruth and her other daughter-in-law back to their families. But Ruth refused to go back, and insisted on traveling to Bethlehem with Naomi.

Ruth is a picture of us – we are not Jewish, but Gentiles. By the law, she was not qualified to be there. But by grace, she was qualified. Boaz permitted her to be in his field, under his protection, just as Jesus brings us into His land and protection.

Boaz was a kinsman-redeemer, which means that if he had a relative (like Naomi) in hardship, he could bail them out. He had to be wealthy and willing to do so. He is a picture of Jesus.

Just like Ruth, we have a famine in our land. We can’t save ourselves. We have a debt we can’t repay. Just like Boaz, Ruth’s kinsman-redeemer, Jesus extends His grace to us when we come into His kingdom.