It is so easy to get caught up in a good love story, particularly one that is non-fiction. I never tire of hearing how couples met each other. There is really such a wonder about how God orchestrates two lives to bring them together and make them one. The story of Ruth in the Old Testament is exactly one of those amazing stories.
The newly widowed Ruth accompanied her widowed mother-in-law Naomi as she returned to her home in Bethlehem. They had no means of income and perhaps owned only the clothes on their backs. Although Ruth knew no one in this new home, she faithfully gleaned in the fields to provide food for herself and Naomi. It is noteworthy that Ruth did not seek a husband, but, in God's sovereignty He brought a wonderful, thoughtful, and wealthy man to her to be her husband. Boaz rescued her from her dire need and gave her a life of abundance--along with Naomi. You really can't beat such an amazing story (lots more details are found in the book of Ruth.)
However, there is a greater love story that parallels Ruth's story in many ways. We come into this world in dire need; spiritually we are completely destitute. Jesus came to rescue our souls from emptiness and pour the riches of His grace into our beings. He paid a high price that this could happen--He gave His life. May we never forget this most incredible love story--the greatest rescue ever.
This Thursday morning we will look in more detail at the life of Ruth from our study on Twelve Extraordinary Women of the Bible. Won't you plan to join us and be encouraged as we recount two amazing love stories--Ruth's and God's. Dear Amanda will be watching the little ones for us.