March 12 / 100 WORDS


Today's Reading: Ruth 3-4

Key Verse: Ruth 4:13

So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son.

Ruth had little reason to expect anything good from life. As a young widow she travelled with her mother-in-law, also a widow, to a land completely foreign to her. There the two widows had no human reason to expect anything other than a harsh, hand-to-mouth existence.

In Bethlehem, they would glean some grain to make bread and live on the generosity of others. But God had a different plan. Ruth is redeemed by Boaz. This redemption is a picture of what our divine Redeemer, a descendant of Boaz and Ruth, Jesus of Nazareth, has done for us. Naomi, who had lost her husband and two sons, would now have a grandson, Obed, and a great-grandson, Jesse, followed by a great-great-grandson, King David.


Lord Jesus, You are our Kinsman Redeemer. You were born right there in Bethlehem, where Ruth gave birth to Your ancestor Obed. Help us, dear God, to trust Your long-term plans which are for our good. Also, help us to trust Your short-term plans. You had everything arranged for Naomi, Ruth and Boaz. We're trusting You to guide each step we take. In Your caring Name we pray, Amen!

For more on today's reading, please visit