‘God Gives Grace to the Humble’


I enjoy exploring the characters in the Bible, and one of my favorites is Ruth. There are many words that could be used to describe her, but I think that “humility” is one of her leading qualities. The Bible says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. (1 Peter 5:5) Ruth was humble and therefore God blessed her greatly.

And after Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was cheerful, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came softly, uncovered his feet, and lay down. Now it happened at midnight that the man was startled, and turned himself; and there, a woman was lying at his feet. And he said, “Who are you?” So she answered, “I am Ruth, your maidservant. Take your maidservant under your wing, for you are a [close relative.” Then he said, “Blessed are you of the Lord, my daughter! For you have shown more kindness at the end than at the beginning, in that you did not go after young men, whether poor or rich. And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman. (Ruth 3:7-11) 

Unfortunately, some have attempted to distort the story of Ruth and insinuate that she was using immorality as a means to get a husband. However, Scripture clearly reveals that both Ruth’s intentions and Boaz’s reactions were honorable. “I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer.” Boaz understood that Ruth was humbly asking him to show grace to the family of Elimelech. Boaz was flattered by her request, not just because she was young and beautiful, but because she was a virtuous woman willing to demonstrate great humility.

I close today with this passage from the book of Lamentations-

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore, I hope in Him!” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.  (Lamentations 3:24-26)

I pray that these studies are a blessing to you. Until we meet again, God bless you, Brethren.

* Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture is taken from the New King James Version.

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