Let’s stop for a moment and talk about faith. We keep mentioning Ruth’s faith in God. But what is Faith?
“Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1)
Ruth was confident that God would provide in her new life, she trusted in God’s promise of never leaving her. That’s faith. She didn’t know and she couldn’t see and yet she trusted and hoped.
How do we get faith?
“Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17.)
Ruth heard about the one true God through her husband’s family. Sometimes faith comes from being encouraged through fellowship with believers, sometimes it comes by digging deeper into God’s Word, and sometimes it comes through prayer and communion with our Lord.
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6)
When things get rough, and we bring those worries and struggles to God, he is so pleased that we have put our faith in Him by asking for help. We believe He loves us, cares for us, and will be there to help us along the way. And just like He brought Ruth through her struggle and sorrow, He will never leave us.
Do you need an extra dose of grace this morning? There’s no secret formula, cast your cares on him and trust that He’s got it under control. That mustard seed of faith will be nurtured, you’ll feel strengthened and renewed. I can promise this because I’ve experienced it. And so did Ruth.