Faith Continues to be Rewarded

At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She exclaimed, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?”“May I continue to find favor in your eyes, my lord,” she said. “You have given me comfort and have spoken kindly to your servant—though I do not have the standing of one of your servant girls.” (Ruth 2:10, 13)

Ruth was discovering the favor of the Lord God of Israel through her experiences at her newfound home. She loved her mother-in-law and did her best to support her. She obeyed Naomi as they were trying to resettle in Bethlehem.

Accepted and Respected

Ruth always knew she was a stranger in town, alien to the Jewish culture and ignorant of the local customs. She was surprised at the acceptance she received from Boaz and his workers. She worked with them and shared their meal. This atmosphere would have been unimaginable in her culture. She felt accepted and respected for Boaz was a man of noble character.
Provided and Protected

Ruth was willing to learn the disciplines of her newfound faith and she trusted her mother-in-law. Boaz provided her work and food. He also made sure that she, being a stranger, was safe in the new place. Boaz’s thoughtfulness was a shadow of God’s graciousness to her. Naomi advised Ruth to work with Boaz’s workers for she knew Ruth will be safe there.

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