Blessed With God's Big Picture
“Then she said, “I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, though I am not one of your servants.” -Ruth 2:13 (ESV)
The story of Ruth could very well be your story as well. Perhaps you can identify with the fact that life wasn’t going according to the way she planned it. Her husband passed away. Her father-in-law passed away. Life was falling apart. Even though she was from Moab, Ruth placed her faith in God and made a decision to follow her mother-in-law back to Bethlehem, a city that was not her own. That is when God’s favor began to unfold. There in Judah (Bethlehem), she met her soon to be husband, Boaz, who is referred to as her “kinsman redeemer” (Ruth 4:6). Boaz, a landowner, found favor in Ruth and asked her to be his wife. He is a type (prophetic symbol) of Christ, our Kinsman Redeemer, who asks us to be His spiritual bride. What can we learn from this amazing story?
1) God’s favor is offered to everyone, regardless of race or status. Remember that Ruth was not a Jew. She was a Moabite. But yet, Boaz redeemed her and brought her into his family. Never believe that the color of your skin or your economic status will hold you back from receiving the favor of our loving God.
Life Lesson: God’s favor follows those who follow the Lord.
2) God’s favor follows those who follow the Lord. Ruth’s decision to serve the Lord opened the door to God’s favor and blessings. Read Ruth 1:16.
3) God’s favor leads you to God’s plan. When Ruth made a decision to pursue God, she became part of the lineage of Jesus. We may not always see it, but God does. He sees the big picture. And invites you to be part of it.
QUESTION TO THINK ABOUT: How would our world look like today if everyone understood that – no matter their race or status – they could receive the favor of God?
PRAYER POINT: Pray that you will trust God with the big picture of His plans for your life.
ACTION POINT: Reach out to someone who is going through a tough time. Encourage them. Pray for them. Lead them to God’s favor.