I’m reading Be Committed, Doing God’s Will Whatever the Cost by Warren W. Wiersbe. Its a commentary on the books of Ruth and Esther. I came across the great little expert from this book that applies to my life and I thought I’d share with you.
“Before God changes our circumstances, He wants to change our hearts. If our circumstances change for the better, but we remain the same, then we will become worse. God’s purpose in providence is not to make us comfortable, but to make us conformable, ‘conformable to the image of His Son’ (Rom. 8:29). Christlike character is the divine goal for each of His children.
Naomi was bitter against God, but Ruth was willing for God to have His way in her life, so God began His gracious work with Ruth. Ruth would influence Naomi, and then God would bring to pass a wonderful work that would eventually bring the Son of God into the world. Ruth and Naomi had no idea that they were part of an eternal plan that would fulfill God’s promise to Abraham that his seed would bring blessings to the whole world (Gen. 12:1-3). Ruth’s story begins with the death of a husband, but it will end with the birth of a bay. Her tears will be turned into triumph.
If we want God to work in our Lives and circumstances and accomplish His gracious purposes, then there are certain conditions that we must meet. These condition are illustrated in Ruth’s experiences in this chapter.”
I hope this touched you, open your Bible and read Ruth chapter 2, in which Boaz is surprised by love and Ruth is overwhelmed by grace.