A blessed Sabbath to you, dear reader. It has been a week full of good things in our home. Every day is good, simply because the Lord (YHWH) saw fit to make it. This is something hopeful to ponder if you are feeling down. The Lord has a purpose for our day, and He made it for us to glorify Him in it.
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to reread the book of Ruth. It’s a short book, easily readable in just one sitting. It is a book that really encourages me also, and I can clearly see the Father’s love in it.
Ruth was a gentile, from the region of Moab. She had no connection to the true God of Israel, and yet she made the choice to cling to Naomi, and promised that her God would become her God. She made a choice, a decision for the Lord, and she was blessed for it.
The gentile Ruth, was grafted into Israel. Not only that, she was chosen by God to be in the lineage of both David and Christ.
How’s that for a turnaround?
This book encourages me so much, because I feel like I can identify with it to an extent. I was once lost, and now I have been accepted as a child of God. I’m no longer just a gentile, but have been grafted into Israel, too.
If the firstfruit is holy, so is the whole batch of dough; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. But if some of the branches were broken off and you—being a wild olive—were grafted in among them and became a partaker of the root of the olive tree with its richness, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, it is not you who support the root but the root supports you.
Romans 11:16-18 TLV
The notes about Ruth in The Complete Jewish Study Bible say:
“The book of Ruth reveals that in spite of the apostasy of God’s chosen people, He is still sovereignly working in the lives of individual people who commit themselves to Him. While Ruth experiences God’s sovereign guidance when He leads her to the field of Boaz, both Ruth and Naomi experience His abundant provision and blessing. The theme of redemption in the book illustrates the theological principle by which God expresses mercy. The genealogy at the end of the story reveals that God is sovereignly bringing his salvation and kingdom plan to fruition. The story also communicates that God’s mercy extends not only to His chosen people but also to Gentiles who worship Him.“
We have such hope in God, ladies. If you are in Him, you are chosen and beloved. He has saved you from the wretchedness of the world, and has set your feet on solid ground, just like Ruth.
We might have once lived in apostasy. I know I once did. But as long as you are breathing, it is not too late to turn to Him.
I’d love to encourage you to read this book. It is only four short chapters, which can be read through in a single sitting.
I hope you have a blessed Sabbath, ladies!