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27th March 2023

Why Me?


Ruth fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him,

Why have I found favour in your eyes, that you should take notice of me,

since I am a foreigner?”

Ruth 2:10

Ruth was a foreigner. She was a widow. She was poor. In many parts of the world today she would be considered a nobody, unimportant, someone whose future does not hold any hope.


However, Ruth found favour in the eyes of a relative of her deceased husband, a rich man and the owner of the fields where she chose to ask for permission to glean grain. In response to his kindness, Ruth asked, “Why have I found favour in your eyes? . . . I am only a foreigner” (Ruth 2:10).


Boaz, the good man who showed Ruth such compassion, answered her truthfully. He had heard about her good deeds toward her mother-in-law, Naomi, and how she chose to leave her country and follow Naomi’s God. Boaz prayed that God, “under whose wings” she had come for refuge, would bless her (1:16; 2:11-12; see Ps. 91:4). As her kinsman redeemer (Ruth 3:9), when Boaz married Ruth he became her protector and part of the answer to his prayer.


Like Ruth, we were foreigners and far from God. We may wonder why God would choose to love us when we are so undeserving. The answer is not in us, but in Him. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8). Christ has become our Redeemer. When we come to Him in salvation, we are under His protective wings.

Read

Ruth: 2:1-11.

Prayer

Dear Lord, I do not know why You love me, but I do not doubt Your love. I thank You and worship You! In Christ's name. Amen.









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