Devotion and redemption are central themes in the Old Testament book of Ruth. It’s the story of a Moabite woman who forsakes her pagan heritage in order to cling to the people of Israel and God of Israel. The LORD responds by giving the widowed Ruth a Jewish husband and privileged position in the lineage of David, king of Judah, and Jesus Christ, King of kings.
When Boaz, her future husband, gives her permission to glean heads of grain in his field, she bows and says, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” As a non-Jewish follower of Christ I ask the same question. LORD, I’m a foreigner. I did nothing to earn Your favor. But when we receive Your Son, You receive us. You take notice of us. In the words of David, Ruth’s great grandson, such knowledge is too wonderful for me (Psalm 139:6).