Our unimpressive, ordinary lives make us feel like outsiders in the presence of a star-studded cast with names like Abraham, Joseph, Moses, and others. Often this feeling will prevent us from playing a part that God is calling us to participate in. We conclude that we are somehow "not religious enough" or "unfit" to take part in this calling.
Welcome to the story of Ruth. The widowed, impoverished, Ruth is proof of the contrary. She is an outsider whose life turns out to be essential for telling the entire story of God's way among us.
A couple of verses that stood out to me were:
Ruth 1:16 -
God established His covenant with the nation of Israel in the Old Testament, but His love is universal so that it could one day reach all the nations. No one is outside of God's love (John 3:16).
Ruth 4:9 -
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 1 Samuel 1-3