Why Have I Found Grace In Thy Sight?

Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?

Ruth 2:10

As soon as I read this verse, I thought to myself that this should be my prayer.  “Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?”  What a great and fitting prayer for us.  God has been so good and merciful to us.  The Bible says that “by grace are ye saved through faith”- we have found grace in His eyes.  We have found the abundant and amazing grace of which John Newton wrote about.  We have found the “marvelous grace of our loving Lord”.  We have found “grace that is greater than all our sins”.  We have surely found grace, and none of us is deserving of that grace.  We are, by nature, strangers to God.  We are even by nature the enemies of God.  “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)” – Ephesians 2:4-5.

When you think about it, why should a holy, almighty God take knowledge of us- vile, sinful men?  Of course the answer is that He loves us- He loves us so much that He gave Himself for us.  We should always live in a state of thanksgiving for His grace and mercy to us.  Like Ruth, that very thought should drive us to fall our faces and bow ourselves to the ground in humble submission to Him!

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