I love the book of Ruth. It’s a wonderfully literary story in the Old Testament. There is a Jewish woman named Naomi whose husband dies. Then ten years later her two married sons die. That equals three widows. One of her daughter-in-laws goes back to her pagan people, but Ruth stays with Naomi and declares that she will worship the God that Naomi worships. Naomi attempts to persuade her to go back to her people, because she has neither husband nor dish to offer her, but Ruth is stubbornly devoted to her.
The two journey back to Naomi’s people where the two widows can scrounge together enough food to survive. They find themselves in the field of one of Naomi’s relatives, a man named Boaz. He hears the story of Ruth and her care for Naomi and how hard she has worked in his field that day. He tells her to only work in his fields where she will be free to drink the water that the young men draw and she will also be protected. Ruth then says to Boaz, “I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, though I am not one of your servants.”
Without going any further in the story, the simple application is that if Boaz spoke kindly to Ruth, someone who didn’t deserve his favor or his kindness, how much more the God who has shown us grace in Christ?
Do you doubt God speaks kind words to you? That you have found favor in His sight? Well, you have. You have found favor in His eyes. That is grace. God has given you favor to know His Son.
1 John 3:1
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.
The Apostle Paul refers to Him as the God of all comfort. To know that you have God’s favor in Christ should bring you great comfort, because He “will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. 1:8)
But not just that, Boaz comforted Ruth by providing both food and protection. The gospels affirm that God does no less for you. Seek first His kingdom and He will add all of life’s necessities to you. (Matt. 6:33)
Finally, Boaz speaks kindly to Ruth, though she is not one of his servants. Now, I would ask you the same question over and over again — how much more God? How much more will God speak kind words to you, someone He has made not only His servant, but His friend. Because, as Jesus told us, a servant does not know His master’s business, but “all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15)
We know the business of God in this world. We are privy to secrets that should bring us the comfort of being part of the very inner circle. However much this world makes you feel like an outcast, it’s not the truth about you when you know Christ. You know the secret heart of God and what He says to you. And it will “be exactly as you have been told.” (Acts 27:26)
He has kind words for you.
It is one of the reasons He sent His Son, “so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Eph. 2:7) Notice the “riches of his grace in kindness toward us” are immeasurable. The kindness God has shown you in Christ is limitless. God shows you kindness for the sake of Christ, so you might simply trust Him.
There’s nothing to be afraid of — He’s a kind God.
And He has a kind word for you. Just open the Bible.
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