2008-09-07 - Ruth: God's Favor
Installment 22 ~ Chapter 2, Part 8
Conclusion: The story of Ruth should be one of great comfort. We always talk about the fact God loves us, is in control, and doesnt make mistakes. We know He is at work behind the scenes. But sometimes we dont have the faith to live in this reality. The account of Ruth is given for many reasons, but among them, it serves as an illustration of God working even when the recipients of His work arent aware of it.
Dr. McGee notes that while Ruth asks one question, Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me a foreigner?
there is one question I cannot answer: Why have I found grace in the eyes of God? Now dont tell me to go home and look in the mirror, because Ive done that. Frankly, friend, the image is something thats not quite attractive. I dont see the answer in the mirror. But God has extended grace toward us. Were sinners, and were in rebellion against God. And yet, in spite of all that, God loves us! That is one of the great truths of the Word of God. He demonstrated that love, because while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. He extended His grace to us. And, friend, thats the basis upon which He saves us today. He hasnt any other reason for saving us. 10
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