What is the greatest gift you have ever received? I don’t know as though I could point to one gift and say, “that’s it”, but I have received some awesome gifts in my life. I don’t believe any gift will top the excitement the go-cart gave my brother and I when we were younger.
Sometimes I find myself watching moving videos of people receiving amazing gifts. Life saving transplants and donors, seeing color for the first time with special glasses, hearing for the first time with implants, and so much more. Each of these videos bring a smile to our face and fill up with joy and hope.
If you saw Ruth and asked her what her favorite gift was, she would quickly run and grab an old tattered shoe. A shoe? Why Ruth is a shoe the greatest gift you have ever received? I mean it should at least be a pair, right? What good is a single shoe? For Ruth the shoe is the by far the greatest gift because of what it represents in her life.
Ruth and her mother-in-law have had a rough life up to this point. A Moabites woman, Ruth has no inheritance or part in Israel except that she married into it. In chapter one, Ruth makes it clear that she aligns with the people of God, and with Jehovah God.
Like a pauper, Ruth is sent to the field to glean from the left overs of the crops. It is here that she is noticed by Boaz. Connections are made, and it is discovered that Boaz can redeem Elimelech’s name, property, and titles. Boaz was a wealthy man, but he loved Ruth and wanted to do right by redeeming them.
The sign of the day was the removal of one shoe. In Ruth 4:7-8 Boaz removes one of his shoes and gives it to his neighbor (one who had a closer right to the kinsman redeemer). That shoe represented the redemption of Ruth, it was a token and symbol of his mercy toward her.
I don’t have an old shoe in my life, but I have some reminders of the grace of God. I am thankful that I have the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, the Church, and so much more. Each of these demonstrations of God’s mercy are constant reminders that He loved me when I was unlovable. He purchased me, redeemed me, and wanted me. I don’t ever want to get over that amazing gift.
I have received some amazing gifts in my lifetime, but none will ever compare to the gift of salvation. When God saved me, He gave me the greatest most complete gift anyone could ever give. Everyday I get to unpack new aspects of this gift, and the best part is that fullness of this gift is still yet to come.
Today take some time to think about the wonderful gift of salvation, and never ever get over God’s mercy and grace.
Daily Scripture Reading
Ruth 1 - 4
“And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.“