Ruth had every reason, humanly speaking, to leave her mother in law Naomi as her sister Orpah had just done, but she would not do it. Why? It was because of more than mere social and emotional attachment, and it certainly was not for any financial gain. In fact, she faced the possibility of being a social outcast in Israel and of remaining unmarried for life, wheras she could easily find a new husband in Moab. But Ruth would not go back to the old gods and old ways of her past. She steadfastly clung to The Lord Jehovah, having been converted to Him in her heart.
Ruth is one of five women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus found in the Gospel of Matthew, alongside Tamar, Rahab, the “wife of Uriah” (Bathsheba), and Mary. Ruth is a model of loving-kindness (hesed): she acts in ways that promote the well-being of others.
You are where you are for a reason. Place and leave all at the feet of Jesus – our Lord and Savior. Our path has been mapped out – remain in prayer and thanksgiving, the victory is yours, Amen.
Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1, NIV). In this freedom, God has given us a “New Authority,” the power to live a life of victory. There is nothing as enjoyable and exciting as Victory.
For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
We approach The Throne of grace:
Ruth was a virtuous woman (in the Hebrew, a “woman of strength”). She was willing to endure hardship and face an uncertain future in this life for the sake of taking care of her mother in law who had shown kindness to her and to be true to her God. May we learn from her good example and not let trying circumstances cause us to cease to follow You, Lord. Amen.