Remember Where You Were

“Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.”

Ruth 1:14

Ponder This

When Ruth made the decision to stay with Naomi, not only was her life changed, but my life was changed. Did you know that Ruth, this pagan girl, became an ancestor of the Lord Jesus Christ? She married into the royal line and, according to the flesh, she became a part of the house of David. Before this decision, she had so much against her. She had a cursed life. The Bible teaches that there was a curse upon her. Deuteronomy 23:3 says, “An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter the assembly of the Lord; even to the tenth generation none of his descendants shall enter the assembly of the Lord forever.” The Law said, “Keep her out! She’s not worthy.” She had a cursed life. But what the law could not do, grace did for this woman. And what the law could not do for me, grace has done. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 2:12, “you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.” But thank God, the grace of God has brought us in.

  • How does it encourage you to remember that you were previously without hope before God, but the work of Christ has changed everything for you?
  • How does this encourage you about others who also need to know Jesus?

Practice This

Tell someone today about the hope you have because of Jesus.