Why have I found grace in your eyes ?
Ruth 2:10, ‘So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?”’
Ruth, who was a Moabite woman, found grace in the sight of Boaz, an Israelite. As we all know, she was one of the daughters in law of Naomi, who had come to Moab as ‘full’ but was brought back to Bethlehem as empty. This was Naomi’s story in her own words (Ruth 1:21). Later, Ruth who had accompanied Naomi back to Bethlehem found grace in the sight of Boaz, who was a family member of Naomi’s husband, Elimelech.
It was a joyous moment in Ruth’s life when she realized that favor rested on her, for she had lost much in her young age, much more than any woman of her age could bear. She had lost her husband and had no children to raise. Nor had she any hope for any of such dreams. But she had a greater hope which she had caught hold of. And that was the hope to dwell with the living God of Israel and His people. The moment the realization of favor resting on her came into her heart, she fell on her face and bowed down to the ground. Then she asked Boaz, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?”’
The answer of Boaz highlights two important aspects of faith life. Ruth 2:11, ‘And Boaz answered and said to her, “It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before.’
- ‘All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband,…’ Take note here that Boaz considered all that Ruth did for Naomi after her husband’s death and not before that. Ruth might have surely done good to her mother in law even before she became a widow. But then, she had a strong human reasoning behind it…i.e do good and receive good in return. Being a wife and daughter in law, she had to be good to Naomi. But after she became a widow, she was free from all the laws that bound her to Naomi. But she used her freedom to choose to make herself like servant of Naomi. Thereafter, all her good doings for Naomi was unconditional and purely out of genuine love for her. This is how we are considered by heaven. God called us and redeemed us to worship Him and serve Him. But as long as we have a human reasoning of give and take behind it, all our doings are not worthy of being noted by divine eyes. On the other hand, if all that we do for the Lord is backed up by a fervent heart of love, not expecting anything in return, surely its reward from heaven is rich.
- ‘….and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth,…’ Boaz then considered all that she had left to join the people of God. Ruth had left her parents and the land of her birth. ‘Leaving’ at that age was cutting off all connections and communications. Surely we cannot have the favor of God unless we leave and chop off all those aspects from our lives that grieves His Spirit. There is no place for ‘compromise’ in the Holy Book of Bible. Ruth realized this very well. She strengthened herself to go through the pain of chopping off process of all that would block her access to the divine grace of the living God.
More than what and how much we do for the Lord and each other, its how and with what heart we do that attracts divine favor on us. And more than what we receive from the Lord, its what we give up for the sake of dwelling with the Lord that matters in gaining grace. Ruth 2:12, ‘The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.” Such lives are blessed and rewarded richly by heaven. Ruth who came to Bethlehem as a foreigner and empty handed was exalted by the Lord. She was redeemed by Boaz, who was rich in heart and wealth. She became a mother and also got the great blessing of being added in the lineage of Messiah.
May we ponder our hearts and lives in the light of this message. Are we focusing on what and how much we do more than with what heart we do ? Are we focusing on what we are receiving from the Lord more than what we are able to give up in order to be more and more like Him ? Dear friends, we often measure spirituality on wrong scales. Ruth was able to understand the heart of the Lord of Israel and hence was able to step into right steps of faith life. Lets align our mindset with that of Christ and run this race of faith. Ruth sought grace and nothing else. Grace gave her all that she needed and restored all that she lost.
God bless us all
Even Famines carry Gods’ purposes
Today as we face famine in this world, we are reminded of many famines mentioned in the Word of God. Few escaped to near by places while few remained in the land and faced the famine. Naomi was one among them who tried to escape the famine by lodging in Moab. On the other […]
CTRR Live worship by the The Remnant on 10-Jan-2020 at The Church of the Redeemed Remnant
At Your Name / Praise Him Forever / Jesus at the Center (No other Name)
“Lift up a banner on the high mountain, Raise your voice to them; Wave your hand, that they may enter the gates of the nobles. I have commanded My sanctified ones; I have also called My mighty ones for My anger— Those who rejoice in My exaltation.” Isaiah 13:2,3 The Lord gives this command over His people, His sanctified ones, His chosen warriors to the execution of His will upon Babylon, the enemy nations, every power and principality that rises up against us – lift up your banner, raise your voice and cry out, let those who rejoice in God’s exaltation and promotion, come up through the gates. The Lord is to display His power and excellence in sovereignty in this way:
Therefore I will shake the heavens, And the earth will move out of her place, In the wrath of the Lord of hosts And in the day of His fierce anger.” Isaiah 13:2,3,13 Be not faint-hearted, nor afraid, or terrified, and do not ever give in to panic before your enemies, do not let him gloat over you (Deut. 20.1-4). When we stand without fright before the enemy it is a sign to him, that he will be destroyed, and that we will be saved (Philip. 1.28).
Remember this as we stand in the front line of fire as we worship, that we have a God who said that He will shake up the heavens and the earth and break the chains of those who rise up against us. Fear not, and sing, raise up a battle cry, for the Lord our God goes before us, fights for us, against our enemies, and gives us victory.
Praise & Worship – The Remnant (Live) on 10th January 2020
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