“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?” 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. 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.” Then she said, “Let me find favor in your sight, my lord; for you have comforted me, and have spoken kindly to your maidservant, though I am not like one of your maidservants.”
-Ruth was a virtuous woman who showed devotion and cared for her mother in law Naomi. Her Moabite background did not deter her from pursuing her destiny and thirst for the God of Israel; saying where you go I will go, where you stay I will stay, your people shall be my people and your God shall be my God. Ruth was not only devoted to Naomi but also to Boaz through submission, to the Israelites through kindness and love & to God through prayer, humility and service. Even though Ruth was a foreigner, poor and a widow, she displayed wisdom through virtuousness; praying for favour before Boaz; who granted her requests (Ruth 3:11). Though Ruth underwent many challenges and afflictions; she was determined and devoted; God rewarded her by giving her Boaz as a husband, who became her kinsman-redeemer; perpetuating her from the dead through inheritance (Ruth 4:10). Ruth received abundant blessings, she bore a son Obed, became the great grand mother of David and was aligned to the lineage of Jesus. In spite of the challenges that we go through; God can change any adverse situation into a favourable one; through His loving kindness which extends to the heavens and through His saving arm. Christ will set us free from all tribulations through the redemptive power of His precious blood and His everlasting love, and calls us to believe in Him.
We thank You Lord for You have always been faithful, true, just and gracious to us. Through Your redemptive power Jesus; grant us Your favour and grace & answer all our requests according to Your merciful love, according to Your divine will. Nothing is too hard for You Christ our Saviour; heal all our physical, emotional, relational, financial, psychological, social and economic wounds according to Your grace. Lord You are good and Your mercies endures forever. All glory, honour, power, riches, blessings, strength and praise belongs to You Lord; now and forever. Amen
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