Why Have I Found Favor

10 Mar

Why Have I Found Favor…

In the second chapter of Ruth, Boaz blesses the Gentile stranger who gleans in his fields. Ruth could’ve just said, ‘Thanks.’ However she says, ‘Why have I found favor?’

Boaz gives an answer, but really there’s no answer except that God ordained it that way. In the same way, you’ve found yourself in the fields of the Redeemer.

How did you end up so blessed? How did you end up saved? Was it because you were a good person? There’s no good answer why you have found favor.

Grace is not supposed to be explained. You don’t explain grace. You receive it. If you explain it, you can’t receive it. If you receive it, you can’t explain it. Most believers can explain salvation.

They think they did the right things, said the right prayer, and lived a pretty decent life in God. However, when you can explain why you’ve found favor, it’s not favor anymore.

There’s no reason why you should be saved, except God loves you. That’s why it’s called ‘grace.’ Never stop saying, ‘Why am I so blessed?’ Because when you can say why, you don’t know why. But when you don’t know why… that’s why.

She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the harvesters.’ She came into the field and has remained here from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter.”

So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with the women who work for me. Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the women. I have told the men not to lay a hand on you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.”

At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She asked him, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?”

Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”

“May I continue to find favor in your eyes, my lord,” she said. “You have put me at ease by speaking kindly to your servant—though I do not have the standing of one of your servants.”

At mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come over here. Have some bread and dip it in the wine vinegar.”

When she sat down with the harvesters, he offered her some roasted grain. She ate all she wanted and had some left over. As she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his men, “Let her gather among the sheaves and don’t reprimand her. Even pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up, and don’t rebuke her.” Ruth 2:7-16

Thank God today for His love, blessing, grace and favor upon you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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