Summary: God's favour is always unfair. Accept it or not, like it or dislike it, God does things the way that He wants them to be done. He gives to someone who is different to your expectation and left aside the one that you might think deserves something from Him
Ruth 2:10, “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?”
For those who want to know the story of Ruth:
Naomi and her husband and her two sons were living in Bethlehem and from nowhere; hunger struck – no food, they tried to survive but it was impossible and so they decided to leave their nation to find food. They went to Moab where they found food. Their sons reached the stage where they should marry and they married women from Moab. One married Orpah and one married Ruth. Naomi’s husband died; God is good, sometimes he takes people while we need them. Maybe Naomi thought, I still have my two sons and I can manage. So maybe God said, “oh, you put your hope in your two sons” and maybe because of that, he removed them too.
Without a husband and children, Naomi wondered how she will survive without men to work for her and feed her so she decided to go back home to Bethlehem. Ruth and Orpah decided to go with her but Naomi advised them to go back to their families and remarry. The two ladies decided to go with her anyway. What a courage, to leave your country and follow an old lady and go to a country you don’t know. To follow a lady who doesn’t have a husband and to go to a country that the old lady left for a reason. We as human beings would think twice.
Naomi tried to encourage the two girls to return home but Ruth said that she had to come, “please let me”. The more that Naomi insisted for the girls not to go with her, the more that Orpah started to take think about going back...maybe she was afraid of the future wondering how she will take care of this old lady; better to find a husband to take care of her. So Orpah cried, hugged Naomi and said good bye. Was that cry a sincere cry or was it a cry of freedom? Many people today in the church are trying to follow Jesus just because others are doing it, maybe to give the impression to other they are a part of Jesus but in their heart they want to drink, party, just like those in the world but they don’t have the opportunity because maybe a Christian might see them and maybe someone in church will talk and judge so better not to. They fear human beings and they try to impress people more than the Lord.
Ruth said, “wherever you go, I’ll go, your people will be my people, where you die, I die”. When Jesus says, follow me, do you really follow him or will you be like Peter in the gospels and deny Jesus?
Naomi walked with Ruth back to Bethlehem which means house of the bread of God. In that Bethlehem which is the house of the bread; there is no food. It sounds strange. Food was there but the people didn’t open their eyes or didn’t try to push their hands deeper to find food. God gave to Israelites everything they wanted, heat, water, food and clothing in the desert. Here, now because of famine, Naomi could not feed herself or her daughter in law. Naomi advised Ruth, “there is no men here, you have to find food”. If someone tells you to find food and you have no money, where would you go? Police, neighbors, family? For Ruth, she thought, harvest is taking place, let me go there and she walked onto someone’s farm.