St. Matthews By The Sea
September 9, 2020
The book of Ruth starts with a severe famine in Israel. Times are tough. The famine forces an Israelite man named Elimelech to move his wife, Naomi, and his two sons to Moab, a country in the east. While living there the two sons marry Moabite women.
Sadly, the two sons die and so does their father Elimelech. Naomi decides to go back home to Israel and urges her daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah, to stay in Moab with their families. That is when Ruth speaks forth that amazing statement.
She says; “Your People shall be my people, and your God shall be my God!” (Ruth 1:16).
Wow! Ruth makes a commitment to remain present with Naomi! And soon and very soon, Ruth is blessed with an opportunity to glean some fields and eventually meet and marry a relative of Naomi by the name of Boaz. The thing I love about this Bible account is that God honors faithfulness!
In this story we see Ruth’s faithfulness to God and to Naomi. We also see the faithfulness of Boaz to Ruth and to his relative, Naomi. But most importantly we see God’s faithfulness as Boaz and Ruth have a son whose grandson is David and whose ancestor is Jesus!
So stay plugged in! Be present. Stay in the presence of good godly People who will encourage you and bless you. Because what we think is a tragedy … God may use to bless us.
God honors faithfulness!