And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
When they married, Ruth and Orpah left their parent’s home, and the people and places familiar to them.
Sadly, both of their husbands, Mahlon. Chilion and Father-in-Law perished, leaving their Mother-in-Law, Naomi, without her husband or sons.
The widow learned that the Lord had blessed His people with food, so Naomi, Ruth and Orpah headed toward Judah.
At a certain point, Naomi told both women that her hope was for the Lord to deal kindly with them, and that they should return to their mothers’ houses. She told them the reasons why and even went so far as to tell them that the Hand of the Lord had gone out against her, so they should separate for their good.
It was a tearful goodbye, but Orpah kissed her Mother-in-Law, and returned to people, gods and what was familiar to her. Ruth, on the other hand, clung to Naomi.
At the beginning of barley harvest, the two women arrived in Bethlehem. It was here that Naomi claimed God had dealt bitterly with her.
In God’s Perfect Providence, history introduces a wealthy kinsman of Naomi’s husband.
We see throughout, the great blessings Ruth had because she was willing to leave her past, entirely. We do not read about regret that she abandoned the false gods, clinging to the One True God.
Our Lord requires our loyalty. When we are rescued from death into life eternal by the Blood of Christ, we are called to abandon what we knew, even though life offered the comfort of familiarity.
There is only One Truth, anything else is a lie. Darkness and light do not “coexist”. As cherished children of the Most High, we are expected to assume our role as royalty, forsaking anything not approved by our Father, the King.
Thank You for this day
Please forgive our sins against You, others and ourselves
Like Ruth, please let us cleave to You
Please let us willingly give up anything that will lead us away from Your Will
Thank You for Ruth’s example
And that she did not choose to return to where she once was
Just because it was familiar
Please let us do likewise
Please let us encourage one another in obedience
Uplifting each other in faith
You are the One True God
With Your Work within us
Our past does not have to dictate our future
In the Name of Jesus