The book of Ruth
By: Kaye Singleton
“When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.” (Ruth 1:18 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.)
The Book of Ruth is a small book (only 4 chapters) in the Old Testament that is a story of a young widow who chose by faith to follow the God of her mother-in-law, Naomi, instead of the gods of her ancestors.
Ruth put her life on hold to care for the needs of her mother-in-law.
In reading the book of Ruth again I realized that Naomi and her family were ahead of their times. Families didn’t move around like we do today. They all lived where they were born basically. But Elimelech pulled up roots and headed out and moved to Moab. Turned out it wasn’t a good move for several reasons. He died and the two boys died too. The boys were married and left two widows and Mom to mourn.
Naomi’s losses took a toll on her. She shared her grief with her daughters-in-law and reminisced the good days in Jerusalem where she was from. Her decision was made to return home. She tried to get her daughters-in-law to stay put but Ruth insisted she was going with her. Something about the God of Naomi made her want to follow her and look after her. She was a keeper.
All mother-in-laws are not bad. I had a good one like Ruth and was blessed to care for her in her last days of life.
The two widows traveled back to Jerusalem. God protected them and brought them back. He had every intricate detail of care for them. He sent Ruth to a good employer so that their needs would be met.
Boaz redeemed Ruth. She became his bride and to this union a baby was born named Obed. Talk about happy, Naomi was all smiles! What a legacy of faith Ruth left us. From her lineage came our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
Maybe you have suffered losses in your own life and are struggling to make any sense out of your loss, Keep walking by faith. God has it all under control. He sees your situation and knows your pain. He will give strength to keep walking by faith. He sees way down the road and know what’s best for us individually.