The entire Bible, from the beginning to the end, points to Jesus. The life and story of Ruth is no different.
Not only do we see the story of Ruth as a redemption story for Naomi and Ruth, we can see it as a foreshadowing and glimpse into the redemption that will come for all of us. And as God would perfectly ordain it, through this family line.
In what ways do you see parallels of Jesus as our redeemer?
Most of us are not Israelites, but like Ruth, we have chosen to follow God, the Creator and orchestrator of all things. Like Naomi, without God and the gift of His Son Jesus whom He sent, we will live a lonely, bitter, helpless life. We need a redeemer to save us and bring new life.
We don’t need to be born into the “right” family, fully understand all of the laws and customs, or even be “good enough.” We only need to step into the arms, under the wings, of the Redeemer.
It is almost like God goes out of His way to use imperfect, deeply flawed people who stumble and doubt and sometimes just take a chance to fulfill His purposes.
Understand this, we are never too far away to be saved if we are willing. All things, even those not condoned by God, can be used by Him.
Write a prayer to God reflecting on the past…what He has done in your life and the lives of those before you, reflecting on the present…where you are, what circumstances you are going through, what sins you need to confess before Him, and reflecting on the future…what He will do, how your story will be redeemed, how God will use you to accomplish His purposes.
Stay in the Word. Seek wise council. Confess your sins. Soak in the love and redemption of Jesus. Step out and be a part of the story!