Ruth: What It Means to Be Truly Grateful

Ruth 2:10 “So she [Ruth] fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him [Boaz], “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?”

Have you ever felt undeserving of something? In most cases, it’s when we feel like we don’t deserve something when we are the most grateful.

As the fall season rolls around, I find myself thinking more and more about how I’ve been blessed. The leaves are beautiful, the weather is nice, and I get to see family that I don’t usually see very often.

God made this time of year so wonderful. He has really blessed me in ways that I don’t even realize. With my mind on God’s blessings, I’ve also been thinking about what it actually means to be grateful.

Why is it that we aren’t always content? If God has given us so much, why do we crave more?

These questions lead me to study the life of a woman of dedication and humility. Her name was Ruth.

A Little Background

In the Old Testament of the Bible, we find the book of Ruth. Her story is really amazing because she was willing to forsake everything she was comfortable with in order to show her mother-in-law that she loved her.

Her story starts in a land called Moab, where there was a great famine. Ruth and her sister, Orpah, were married to the sons of a woman named Naomi.

However, Naomi’s husband, as well as Ruth’s and Orpah’s husbands, died and Naomi decided that it was time to go back to her homeland in Judah, where there was more food.

Though Ruth and Orpah started on the journey with their mother-in-law, Naomi urged them to stay in Moab.

Orpah agreed, but Ruth wouldn’t. Instead she dedicated her life to Naomi and to the God of Israel (Moab was a pagan country where they worshiped false gods).

So there they went. Naomi, back to her homeland, and Ruth, off to a place unknown to her. This is where we learn about Ruth’s true humility and gratitude.

The Key to True Gratitude

As we read the story of Ruth, we find that she meets a man named Boaz. He is very wealthy and has a large field of grain. Ruth starts to glean (gleaning was a common practice where one would pick up the leftover grain to take home) and Boaz notices her.

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