Today, God laid on my heart to do a “mini blog” series on the woman, Ruth. This woman is the definition of a woman of faith. She was bold, brave, and merciful. She trusted God to lead her in the path of the unknown, and respected herself to wait on the right man of God to come in God’s timing. I pray that whatever season you’re in, new relationship, married, divorced, or single. Allow your heart to be vulnerable and open to God’s message. Let Him touch the areas that feel like silk, and the ones that feel like shards of glass.
Why is this particular book so important? The book of Ruth shows 3 people who remained strong in their character as being faithful to God, in the midst of adversity.
Ruth’s life: The book of Ruth starts out with a tragic situation. It starts by explaining about a man, Elimelech, and his wife Naomi. They have two sons together, Mahlon and Kilion. (Ruth 1:1-3).
Elimelech then passed away suddenly and left Naomi as a widow. Her two sons married two Moabite women: Oprah and Ruth. But alas, her two sons passed as well, leaving both Ruth and Naomi widows.
Naomi had overheard that in Moab, the Lord’s blessing caused a fruitful season of crops, so Naomi, along with her two daughter in laws, traveled to this land. Naomi insisted that the two women travel back to their own mothers. They grieved, and as Oprah left, Ruth chose to stay by her mother in laws side.
But Ruth replied: “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. I will go wherever you go and live wherever you live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.” Ruth 1:16 Ruth, not knowing what path she was taking, chose bravely to be by Naomi’s side and trusted God above all else.
When they reached Bethlehem, Naomi was greeted by the town. Her reply to them was in complete bitterness and grief: “Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Instead, call me Mara. For the Almighty has made my life very bitter for me. I went away full, but he lord has brought me home empty. Why should you call me Naomi when the Lord has caused me to suffer, and the Almighty has sent such tragedy? Ruth 20:21
Our pain can cause us to question God, to allow ourselves to drown in our self pity. Yes, Naomi lost her family. But instead of dwelling in that, she could have looked at the one who chose to stay by her side: Ruth. She chose to comfort and support her through her mourning. Ruth left everything she knew to a life unfamiliar. She looked beyond herself and loved on Naomi.
(Receiving God’s blessing6
-Three thing to take away from this chapter that relates to Ruth
•Do not Create Idols: Naomi let her heart become bitter as the lost of her family. God did show mercy, but the important thing is she didn’t trust God and lean on Him through her loss. Instead, she let her mind be consumed by losing an earthly value, which she made more important that God.
Ruth chose to walk in the way of God. She chose to continue her life and to seek God’s guidance. She chose to be strong and loving for Naomi. She chose to idolize God.
•He will Send His Rain on Our Droughts: as Naomi and Ruth were living in a place where crops were scarce, God made a way for them to travel to another land in Judah, where their would be plenty of food and harvest. Just as God can do in our hearts. When we read His word and soak in the truth, our souls are being spiritually fed and we will always remained satisfied and strengthened for our days ahead.
•God will Always Walk With Us: As Naomi and Ruth traveled to this land, not having a clue what it would be like, Ruth knew God was with them. Ruth trusted that the path her and her mother-in-law were taking was one where it would lead them to a brighter future. Ruth chose to put her past and husband’s death behind her mind and put her heart for God up front.
So today ask yourself: am I living with an attitude as Naomi: full of bitterness, resentment, and doubt? Or as Ruth: full of grace, boldness, and bravery for God. I pray that you examine your hearts. Whatever trial you’re facing, God is already ahead of it. Walk down that unknown path He is calling you towards.