I’m sure most of you know the story of Ruth and how she returned with her mother-in-law, Naomi to Bethlehem-Judah after they both had lost their husbands down in Moab. Ruth being a Moabitess was a stranger in the land of Bethlehem-Judah, but the Bible tells us that she found grace in the eyes of a kinsman redeemer by the name of Boaz.
So, as we are considering the subject of “GRACE” this week in our morning devotions, I would like to examine a statement that Ruth made when she asked Boaz the question, (Ruth 2:10) …Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?
This is a question that seemingly doesn’t have a clear answer. Why would Boaz extend grace to this Moabitess woman? She was a Gentile (non-Jew), so why would this wealthy Jewish man want to have anything to do with this Moabite woman? Some have said that probably Ruth was a beautiful young woman and that Boaz was attracted to her physically because of her beauty. This may or may not have been the case. I don’t know and the Bible doesn’t say. Whether or not Ruth was this beautiful young damsel, notice what caught Boaz’s eye by how he responded to her question in the next verse of scripture.
(Ruth 2:11) And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore.
Boaz was impressed with Ruth’s character. How that she had left everything she knew (her family and the place where she had been born and raised) to follow after and care for her mother-in-law. Boaz recognized that there was something different and special about Ruth.
Evidently when God sees a sinner, He can see something different and special about each one of us. If we are willing to leave our past behind and follow after Jesus, God will take knowledge of us and we too can find grace in the eyes of the Lord. Jesus said if you are willing to lose your life for His sake and the gospel’s, your life will be saved. Notice the words of Jesus in Mark 8:34-35.
(Mark 8:34) And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
(Mark 8:35) For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
Ruth received a reward from Boaz as he instructed his servants to allow her to glean among the sheaves and not rebuke her. Notice what else Boaz instructed his servants to do for Ruth. (Ruth 2:16) And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.
Just as Ruth found grace in the eyes of Boaz and received a reward from her kinsman redeemer, Jesus will reward all those who are willing to leave everything to follow Him. I’m sure you know the rest of the story how that eventually Boaz would take Ruth as his wife and as a result she would become the great grandmother of the greatest King (David) that Israel has ever known and how that Ruth is one of only 4 women mentioned in the lineage of Christ in Matthew chapter 1. All of this was made possible because Ruth found grace in the eyes of Boaz.
I can only imagine this morning the rewards that God has prepared for those who have found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Ruth was a nobody in a strange land. You and I were nobodies (sinners) in a strange land until we found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
Thank God for “GRACE”