The Ultimate Love Story In Ruth

​Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. Let your eyes be on the field that they are reaping, and go after them. Have I not charged the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn.” Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord , the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!” 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 2:8‭-‬13 ESV

Everytime we come across with the book of Ruth, we right away associate this as a story of how a godly woman meets a godly man and they lived happily ever after. Yes, this is very true because this led to the line of David and that gave way to the prophetic ancestry of Jesus. More so, it captures the heart of every single Christians because it gives hope that when we seek the Lord and secure ourselves with Him first, He will provide our heart’s desire for a suitable partner in a most unexpected way.

For a change, I want to highlight a different love story and it is more powerful than Boaz-Ruth tandem. Clearly, the passage shows the love of God and how He took care of the widowed Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi. This also shows us that God really looks at the heart rather than on the race or worldly affiliation to have His favor. Ruth was a Moabite (descendant of Lot) not an Israelite. She might not had grew up with the knowledge about God the way the Israelites did, but when she knew Him after she married the son of Naomi she became a faithful servant. She left her own land and chose to go with Naomi without knowing what was in store for their future. As God honored the decision of Ruth to follow Him, God also honors our decision to follow Him in spite of our pasts and where we came from. This is the ultimate demonstration of love that we are unworthy yet God loved us first, He even sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins knowing that there are people who will still reject Him and His solution of salvation.

When we receive Jesus in our lives, we open ourselves to God’s new mercies every day. He will provide for our needs, keep us calm through our storms in life and teach us to live a life pleasing to Him – an abundant life. Truly, Ruth already was victorious even before she met Boaz. For sure, God could command anyone to deliver the blessing to Ruth. Nothing can prevent God from blessing the people who love Him. As for Boaz, his godly character led him to be an instrument of blessing. This is something that followers of Christ shall always be willing to do. For in taking part of God’s plan, we are also letting ourselves receive His blessings. If Boaz had refused the will of the Lord then he might not be the one we are reading today as one of the known Bible characters in the ancestral lineage of our Lord Jesus Christ. ❤❤❤

Soli Deo Gloria!

– Rhia

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The Trouble When Everyone Just Does What Is Right In His Own Eyes

In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

Judges 21:25 ESV

As I continue with my Bible Reading in a Year challenge, this passage has to be shortest yet profound verse that I have to reflect so far in the Old Testament. The book of Judges ends in this verse and so it is important to reflect on the entire book to get the magnitude of this ending verse. Judges is one of the books of the Bible that narrated the cycle of idolatry of the Israelites. The Israelites would sin, God would allow them to fall into the hands of their enemies, then they would cry out to God for deliverance and God would redeem them by sending judges to lead them back to Him. 

One who is reading Judges will see how patient and merciful God is, for sure in our own standard we would have given up easily on these people because they don’t tend to learn. Someone must think how such people keep on sliding back to idolatry in spite of all the wonders that God revealed to them but I think this story is our story as well. Everytime that we don’t intentionally make God our priority, we more likely to focus on our own idols whether it be money, relationship, work, vices or material things. And that is when we start to fall apart as that of generation of Israelites, unlike those generation in Joshua where they were fully committed to obeying the Lord.

Truly, I could not help but relate this to if it feels good then it must be right belief. Self-defined pleasure is not everything and should not be our one thing because it is blinding. Such is the issue of homosexual practices which others support as their right to love and they subscribe to it as love is love. This can be a good universal moral statement. However, if we apply the same concept to a father-daughter or mother-son in a romantic relationship, for sure the same people who support love is love belief might be against it or furthermore feel gross about it. As I heard from one preaching, love is not love if it does not follow God’s design. Moreover, we should not define our own moral compass because we on our own are not good with morality. That is why God already provided the moral laws for us and He laid it out for us to prevent us from harming and corrupting ourselves. This is real love that our loving Father in heaven does not want us to perish in sin, just as He sent the judges, He sent His Son Jesus to die for us sins and be cursed in our behalf.

This is what I’m so thankful about Jesus, we were so dirty of sin but He saved us and made us clean. Not that He only redeems people but He also teaches them how to live a life according to God’s moral laws. Yes, at times Christians still commit sins but as new creation who traded life with Christ, we are now convicted when sins enter our way of life. We become sensitive to our guilt and conscience for it is the power of the Holy Spirit who keeps us to abide in Jesus and obey the Father’s will. Without Jesus, we do not have king as that generation of Israelites in the book of Judges. Actually, they had king which is God but in their hearts they did not acknowledge Him as such. So the question now is will you allow Him to be your Lord of all and be the king you will faithfully serve?

Indeed, Jesus is the king everyone needs!

Soli Deo Gloria!

– Rhia