Welcome to my thoughts on of one of my favorite books of the Bible!
Ruth Chapter 1
The lovely book of Ruth is also holy scripture. It is not only inspired by God but the events contained within in it are Divinely ordered. I’ve read this account many times but I was surprised to learn that Ruth was a Moabite (descendant of Lot ). I did a little digging around and at Deut. 23:3 the Moabites were forbidden to enter the assembly of God up to the tenth generation.
This chapter made me think about real friendship, loyalty and unconditional love. Naomi’s other daughter-in-law. Orpah no doubt wanted to start a family. The livelihood of these women depended on bearing children in those days.So there was nothing wrong to desire marriage as Orpah did. Orpah made the “right” decision to leave and to pursue prospects of marriage and bearing children. Ruth decision was “righteous” in that she seemed to be drawn to the God in Naomi so much so that she pledged loyalty to her and to God.
Ruth also displayed loyalty and courage in the midst of her difficulties. After fleeing the famine in Bethlehem of Judah, Ruth experienced many losses. She lost her prospect of having children, her husband died, and she experienced financial loss. Many of us are going through at least one of these things in our lives of service to God. So, Ruth’s testimony rings loudly even in our day. Her faithfulness was recorded in scripture as an example for women everywhere. Ruth’s faithfulness was rewarded greatly. She not only bore children, but our Lord Jesus Christ was birthed through her lineage.
Women of God, we should ask ourselves, Am I willing to give up my comforts for the sake of Christ? When the storms of life come, am I easily rattled or shaken in my faith in God’s promises? Do I ask God to empower me with the Holy Spirit to help me make not only right decisions but righteous decisions?
Tell somebody about the faithfulness of Ruth today!
Prayer: We ask you God for your Spirit so that people feel like that they’ve encountered the living God because you truly live within us.