Daily Devotion on Ruth 4:13-17
Text: Ruth 4:13-17
American history is full of rags-to-riches stories. Tales abound of men and women who came over to America with nothing but a few dollars and the clothes on their body becoming successful, rich entrepreneurs in this great country.
The story of Ruth is one of the greatest rags-to-riches stories ever told. She was a Moabite widow living in Jewish Israel. This was not an easy thing. God had specially chosen the nation of Israel to be separate from the other nations around. Ruth not being a Jew made her the lowest on the totem pole in Israel at that time
Read the book of Ruth, it is not very long, but the story is beautiful. Ruth moves from the rags of obscurity to the wife of a kind Jewish man. God’s love for her took her from nothingness to being a distant relative of the great King David and even better… generations down the road one of her descendants would be Jesus Christ himself!
Rags-to-riches… Ruth’s story reminds me of another rags-to-riches story. My story. I was stuck in the rags of my sins, the filthy rags that kept me from having a relationship with the almighty God. Then I was transformed in an instant, when the waters of baptism trickled through my hair I was made incomparably rich. Rich with grace, rich with love, rich with mercy, rich with heaven…
Rags-to-riches… Jesus came for all people. He came for Ruth, he came for Boaz, he came for me, he came for you and he took us from rags-to-riches! Praise our God from whom all blessings flow!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, how can we thank you for all you have done for us? You made us rich in Christ even though we did nothing to deserve it. You offer us your love, you give us hope and peace. Help us to live every day full of the love you have given to us. Let us be lights to the world, reflecting your grace and mercy to those around us. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
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