The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying:" Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you.
Can you recall the last time you really were aware of God’s love for you? I mean so aware it overwhelmed you? It's real easy for us to look in the mirror and see our sinfulness and our ugliness but when we close our eyes and pray and allow the Lord to speak to us through His Word, its as if I can hear Jesus say, "I have always loved you, with an everlasting love I have drawn you, for you belong to Me". In those moments when we listen to God we become keenly aware that who we are no longer matters. What matters most is whose we are. We belong to Jesus and that is what matters most in this life.
When you read the book of Ruth it’s as if the Lord lets us lift the veil so to speak and to see for ourselves what real intimacy is, what real love is all about. Oh to be loved, to be cherished, to be chosen not based on performance but simply because of to whom you belong. It's really mind-boggling when you really let that sink in. Reading through the book of Ruth I am continually brought back to the fact that Boaz loved Ruth more than you and I know and that He actually had chosen her long before she presented herself to him and asked Boaz to become her 'goel', her kinsmen redeemer.
I always enjoy reading the book of Ruth and each time seeing something I had previously missed with regard to the depth of love and care Boaz provided for Ruth, sometimes even without her knowledge. I enjoy most watching how Boaz love transformed Ruth's life. It reminds me of just how powerful love its ability to transform human life. I am living proof and I bet you are too. Love draws, hate repels. I have come to know and appreciate that God loves me when I am unlovable and that it’s God’s love for me that breaks me and makes me into who He desires me to be. The quote by Tim Ewell is true, “Love is the most powerful force in the universe and we have the extraordinary ability to give and receive it.”
When you read the story of Ruth and Boaz you and I are represented by Ruth and Jesus is our Boaz. If you love happy endings you will love the way Ruth's life ends and you will love how your own life will end to one day if you are "in Christ”. What began as a famine ends up as a wedding feast for Ruth. The same holds true for us who belong to Jesus. One day we will sit with Jesus at a wedding feast that is literally out of this world as the bride of Christ. Jesus has purchased us with His own blood and we belong to Him. I hope you think about that long and hard today, friend, that you belong to God. Your value and your worth have been determined by your Creator and to Him you are a priceless treasure. Keep that in mind today. Listen close for the voice of your beloved today, and hear Him as He whispers to you, "I love you, you belong to Me". It might not change your situation but it will change you and how you see your situation. To know you are loved, so very loved changes everything. That’s why the apostle Paul would write in 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
"But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord."
2 Corinthians 3:18
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