“Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer.”Ruth 4:14b, NIV
In all honesty, there is much about the book of Ruth that I don’t understand. I don’t understand the cultural significance of uncovering Boaz’ feet…or extending a shoe as a sign of an agreement. What I do understand, however, is the provision of a God for Ruth and Naomi. In order for it to be received, Ruth needed a spirit of humility and grace.
- Following Naomi to a foreign land.
- Doing the hard work in the fields to provide for herself and Naomi.
- Humbling herself by going to Boaz in an intimate way.
- Waiting patiently for Boaz to do the right thing.
Do I have humility? Do I live a gracious and patient life?
“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”Galatians 2:21, NIV
Why is it so hard to accept and receive the grace of God? Paul preached the same Gospel as the other disciples and even he worried about how he would be received among the religious elite. Would they understand him and his call? Would they accept him? He knew he had been given a specific task by God, but was that enough? Yes! It was! And the grace of God was sufficient for him to continue. Is it enough for me?
“The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;Psalm 65; 8
where morning dawns, where evening fades,
you call forth songs of joy.”
Dear God, May our hearts be open and sensitive to you. May our humility, grace and patience come from you and provide a willing vessel for your work. And God as we seek to follow you and love you, may your grace be sufficient. Amen
Mandy Baldwin (mkaybaldwin)