Kindness and Loyalty Along the Way

Chic Broersma

READ : Ruth 2:1-23

May you be richly rewarded by the Lord . . . under whose wings you have come to take refuge! (v. 12 NIV)

The theme of the book of Judges is “read and weep.” But Ruth, the little story that
takes place during the period of Judges, says, “Read and sing for joy.” Israel at this
time was an open drain of spiritual decline. People fell before idols everywhere, and
“Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judg. 21:25).

Surprise! Out of the cesspool flows a river of life and promise. This story of loyalty
and love reminds us that, no matter how bad things appear, somewhere someone, hidden from
public view, is doing the right thing. Far from TV cameras and news reporters, unsung
heroes are practicing faith and justice. These children of God are the spiritual
descendants of Ruth and Boaz. God enlists you and me to be such people.

God’s name rarely appears in Ruth, but God’s activity behind the scenes is everywhere.
Where is the intersection between God’s activity and ours? Philosophers debate such
questions. Biblically speaking, the answer is clear. Live each day with faith in God. Do
the conscientious, loving thing at hand. God achieves his purposes in life through human
beings acting in responsible ways. Most often they do not realize the long-term effects of
their deeds.

Your life too has the potential, in God’s providence, to be a thing of beauty and hope,
a story of human kindness and loyalty.

PRAYER

Lord, may it be so in my life. Amen.