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“Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion…” Psalms 103:2-4 NIV
Ruth. One of my favorite women in the Bible. Ruth’s future didn’t look too promising, but that didn’t stop her from making history.
Ruth lost her husband early in their marriage, and she soon separated from her sister, whom I’m sure she’d come to depend on for love and support. I mean, who else could identify with her situation and understand like a sister?
But in spite of all that, Ruth knew the meaning of the word commitment. Her words have become a well-known testament to faith in God. Talking to her mother-in-law, she said:
“Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16
A hard worker by nature, Ruth didn’t give up when bleakness persisted. She took it one day at a time, doing more than expected. Why? Because it was the right thing to do, of course. And that’s just the type of character God can use to fulfill His divine plan.
But she couldn’t do it without a redeemer.
As Ruth’s intended redeemer, Boaz rightfully presented Ruth’s situation to Elimelek. Ruth and Noami anticipated the outcome of that meeting. Elimelek was the nearest kin to Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi, and he could have taken Ruth in, vowing life-long responsibility to the two women.
They had nothing to worry about though. God’s planned redeemer was in place. Boaz stepped in, binding the promise that would seal the covenant and continue the family lineage with the birth of their son, Obed, future grandfather to King David.
We can learn many valuable lessons from Ruth's life, including this:
God’s plan for her life could be fulfilled because she was redeemed.
God used Ruth to continue the lineage from which His son Jesus Christ would come to earth. And God will use us too, because through a life with Jesus, we are redeemed.