Faith || Ruth – Her Story and The Lessons

Written By Adeola & Damilola

Scriptures: Ruth 1- 4

The book of Ruth is one of great significance and such a charming tale of emptiness to abundance, of lost, love and redemption that we can learn so many lessons from.

It’s a book that gives us the full picture about the seasons of life and how God can rewrite our stories if we give Him the pieces of our lives and let Him make something beautiful out of it.

The Story

Ruth, a woman who after being widowed remains with her husband’s mother who entreated her to go back to her own people but she refused and followed her back to Bethlehem, the city where her late husband and parents in – law left for Moab because of famine.

These two women arrived just in time for the early spring harvest and Ruth immediately got a job in the fields of a wealthy man to support her and her mother-in-law. While working in the fields, she got noticed by her boss, Boaz, who happened to be a kinsman to the family of her late father-in-law. One thing led to another and Nomi became Boaz’s wife by law. Her name coincidentally means FRIEND in Hebrew.

The Lessons

No Matter Who You Are, God Is interested In You

Ruth was a Moabite (an unbeliever) and not a Jew (a believer) but she believed in the living God because her mother-in-law shone her light for her to see. (Matthew 5:16) We have been called to be beacons of light and hope to others, men should see our good light and come to the knowledge of Christ as a result. And this points to the truth that God is concerned about all people regardless of race, nationality, or status. He is the God of all. Irrespective of who you are, where you’re from or what you’ve done? God is interested in you. He does not discriminate, and He loves all people just the same. Although she was seen as unequal among the Bethlehem women, God saw her as equal with them. God is interested in you no matter how men see you. When people see your past and judge your present, God sees your future and shows interest in you.

You Are Important to God and He Has a Plan for You

Some saw Ruth as an unimportant person because she was from Moab, which was a nation that originated from an abominable encounter between Lot and one of his daughters. There is no such thing as an unimportant or void person in God’s eyes, His plan typically involves using people who are considered to be underdogs or unimportant or unimpressive from man’s perspective (1 Corinthians 1:27) because He wants to prove a point, as God’s foolishness is wiser than man’s wisdom. (1Corinthians 1:25) Even though she was from a foreign land, God had a plan for her life, the plan to be a part of the lineage of Jesus (as the grandmother to King David). God has a unique purpose for all His children. (Jeremiah 29:11) Irrespective of where you’re from, Gods plan for your life surpasses your origin.

Every Occurrence in Your Life Is a Tool for God

What an amazing plan God has for a series of “little” things that all added up to important pieces in God’s big plan. He uses “little” things to accomplish great plans. God by Himself arranged and orchestrated the plan He had for this termed ‘foreign’ woman. He intended for Ruth to be a part of the story of the lineage of Jesus. So, He pulled together events such as the famine, Naomi’s relocation to Moab, death of husband, their return to Bethlehem, Boaz’ field, and many other events just to ensure that Ruth could be a part of His plan. And God does that same thing in our lives today! Every occurrence in your life is a tool God is using to take you through where He has prepared for you.

No Matter How Far You’ve Gone, You Can Be Redeemed

She was redeemed by Boaz from shame and reproach, from lack and want, from poverty and loneliness, in the same vein God has a Redeemer in place who can rescue us from the devastation of our own sin and past.
No matter how far you’ve gone, God has a plan for your salvation. He has a Redeemer for your life, too, and His name is Jesus. Boaz was a type (prophetic symbol) of Christ and His redemptive work in our lives today.

The truth is, we are all desolate as a result of our sinful natures. We are empty, just as Naomi was empty and devastated after she had lost everything and returned to Judah. Our sin has rendered us empty and desolate spiritually. But Jesus, our Savior has redeemed us from the law of sin. We’ve been set free even before we recognized it. But our acceptance is key. You don’t accept what you do not know until you accept and confess and believe Jesus as your Lord and savior, your redemption from the snare of sin is not certain. (Romans 10:10)

God is calling you to beautify your life, to give you a fresh start and bring to past His eternal plan and purpose for your life as He did with Ruth.

Wouldn’t you rather accept His invite?

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Faith || The God of the Master and the Slave

How many times have we allowed other people’s dictation to define our lives?
How many time have we simply written ourselves off due to our background?
How many times have we felt we are not worthy of God’s attention?
How many times have we run away from the same thing that’s meant to make us better?

This was the case with Hagar, Sarah’s slave who became Abraham’s concubine in the 16th chapter of Genesis.

Sarah was the one who ran ahead of God and the poor Hagar became the helpless victim of Sarah’s scheming!

Wait! What was Sarah even thinking or expecting? That Hagar’s child will automatically become hers? Is it that easy for a mother to give away her son? Or was she expecting loyalty from a slave who had shared her matrimonial bed with her husband? #Weird!

But the all-seeing God saw all of it and decided to come through for Hagar who had been unjustly dealt with by her mistress. I’m sure Hagar wasn’t expecting God to visit her, besides she was an Egyptian who never thought God would be interested in her case.

And one would’ve thought God had prepared a better place for Hagar to escape from her mistress’ maltreatment but God said, the way out is to go through the pain.

I have often said that you are where you are for a purpose and until the purpose is achieved, you must remain where you are. Nothing good comes easy! So, go through your pain, it’s moulding something great in you. The process is preparing you for the palace.

We saw that Sarah’s folly had its root in unbelief and her lack of faith in God’s potency to fulfill His promises brought about a mess that turned a friend of God into an adulterer, a godly woman into a wicked mistress and a poor girl into a pregnant fugitive.

You see, the consequence of our hasty actions in times of trials or the decisions we make out of impatience sometimes affect others.

But the good news is, irrespective of who you are or what you have done, God has a divine purpose for you and He is interested in EVERYBODY, both the Jew and the Greek, the high class and the low class, the rich and poor, there’s no favouritism with God. Romans 2:11

He is the God of the master and the slave.

Keep Flourishing!

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