The book of Ruth shows us a story of God’s grace in the midst of very difficult circumstances. Ruth’s story occurred during the time of the judges—a period of disobedience, idolatry, and violence.

Although we become fascinated with the characters of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz in this unfolding drama, God is the primary performer in this story. Although all the players are free to choose their own actions, God’s undetected hand directs events to accomplish His purposes. Naomi’s sorrow and emptiness are transformed into triumphant joy, and Ruth is rewarded for her commitment to Israel’s God with an enduring place of honor in its heritage.

In Boaz we see a foretelling of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Ruth has no ability on her own to alter the affairs of her life. She’s a picture of the absolute helplessness of humanity sans a savior. Boaz’s uncompromising willingness to pay the full price to redeem Ruth foreshadows Jesus’ complete payment for our redemption.

If the most effective teaching is by example, then Ruth’s choices teach us how to live. The example for us as Christian women is this: even in times of crisis and deepest despair, there are those who follow God and through whom God works. No matter how dark and hostile our world may become, there are always people who will follow God. He will use anyone who is open to Him in order to achieve His purposes.

Taken from my new book: A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE, by Lilliet Garrison.  Sold on Amazon and Kindle.


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