“And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a worthy woman.” (Ruth 3:11)
Ruth is a Moabite woman, which in the society of that time makes her especially vulnerable to gossip and criticism. After all, Moabites were Israel’s enemies! And even today, people who belong to a minority for whatever reason are more likely to be judged negatively. All the more remarkable is Boaz’s statement that Ruth is known as a “woman of strength.” The Hebrew word used here indicates a self-sacrificing and courageous character. The same word is used in Ruth 2:1 for Boaz, who was himself a man of courage and integrity, “a worthy man”.
The Bible values inner beauty, your character, and your relationship with the Lord God that defines all your life. This is more important than your outward appearance: “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30).
Ruth was such a woman, and that was known in Bethlehem. How are you known in your town, family or circle of friends? The important thing here is not that people praise you, but that they “see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
Is that the case with you?