Ruth 2:12, May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.”

That is, anyone who trusts in God and in His grace and mercy. The story of Ruth is a very touching one and heartwarming. In its passages, God shows His love for all nations, even to those countries where the worship of idols run rampant.

Ruth with Boaz

Ruth was a Moabite. The people of Israel were forbidden by God to intermarry with other nations. Naomi, Ruth’s mother-in-law and whose husband, Eimelech, left Israel to find relief from the famine that was ravishing their home town of Bethlehem. He settled in Moab where his sons found Moabite women to marry. One of them was Ruth.

Elimelech and his sons died, leaving their wives on their own. One of his son’s wife decided to go back to her Moabite family upon Naomi’s insistence. Ruth stayed with her and said one of the most endearing verses in the Bible:

Ruth 1:16, But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.

God honored Ruth

. The Lord blessed her even though she was a foreigner living among God’s chosen people. It does not matter what your citizenship or race is, whether you are sinful or not for that matter. What is important is if you choose to have faith in God and His words.