I’m guessing you are familiar with the story of RUTH in the Bible — that’s if I’m right. It has been called the most beautiful short story ever written. Studying the book of Ruth, all these amazing attributes — Lol wait, why did my parents name me Ruth? — first off, I am nothing like Her. Yes, I’ve been disobedient and gone contrary to God’s commandments. Stained innocence with a good heart — but just like the story of Ruth I believe there’s redemption in Christ Jesus.
Every event related back to Naomi; her husband’s and sons’ deaths, her daughters-in-law, her return to Bethlehem, her God, her relative, Boaz, her land to sell, and her progeny — the story views “God through the eyes of a woman.” Naomi has been compared to a female Job. She lost everything: home, husband, and sons—and even more than Job did—her livelihood. She joined the lowest ranks of Israelites: the poor and the widowed. She cried out in her grief and neglected to see the gift that God placed in her path—Ruth.
The story of Ruth shows the blessings that obedience can bring. It shows the Israelites the loving, faithful nature of their God. This story demonstrates that God responds to His people’s cry. He practices what He preaches, so to speak. Watching Him provide for Naomi and Ruth, two widows with little prospects for a future, we learn that He cares for the outcasts of society just as He asks us to do (Jeremiah 22:16; James 1:27).
WHY IS RUTH SO IMPORTANT?
Ruth embodied loyal love. Her moving vow of loyalty (Ruth 1:16–17), though obviously not marital in nature, it tells us the depths of devotion new couples must aspire for in marriages. The book reveals the extent of God’s grace—He accepted Ruth into His chosen people and honored her with a role in continuing the family line into which His appointed king, David, and later His Son, Jesus, would be born (Matthew 1:1, 5).
Ruth had an open mind and a teachable spirit, so she listened to her mother-in-law and took her advice (Ruth 3:2-5). Ruth followed Naomi’s instructions to the letter; she trusted the Lord, and He rewarded her faithfulness by giving her not only a husband, but a son (Obed), a grandson (Jesse), and a great-grandson named David, the king of Israel (Ruth 4:17). Besides these gifts (Psalm 127:3), God gave Ruth the blessing of being listed in the lineage of Jesus (Matthew 1:5).
HOW THEN DO I APPLY THIS?
The book of Ruth came along during a time of irresponsible living in Israel and appropriately called the people back to a greater responsibility and faithfulness before God — even in difficult times. This call applies just as clearly to this generation. The issue of obedience is very much relevant today. Obedience in everyday life pleases God. Meaning — When I reflect His character through my interactions with others, I bring glory to Him. Ruth’s sacrifice and hard work to provide for Naomi reflected God’s love — God’s faithfulness. Naomi’s plan for Ruth’s future reflected selfless love. My life should depict God’s Love(Selflessness) and faithfulness(Loyalty)
Ruth is an example of how God can change a life and take it in a direction He has foreordained, and we see Him working out His perfect plan in Ruth’s life, just as He does with all His children (Romans 8:28). Although Ruth came from a pagan background in Moab, once she met the God of Israel, she became a living testimony to Him by faith. Even though she lived in humble circumstances before marrying Boaz, she believed that God was faithful to care for His people. Also, Ruth is an example to us that God rewards faithfulness: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). Meaning God can do same for anyone who “Obeys” and has faith. God’s Word stands for all eternity.
God has never failed to care and provide for His children loving and faithful. Like Ruth and Boaz, we are called to respond to that divine grace in faithful obedience, in spite of the godless culture(world) in which we live. Stir up in me cravings to yield and obey you more, with the help of Grace. “For where you go, I will go” (Ruth 1:6). Desperate and more than willing to take this path but the question is — Are you willing?
Samuel said,”Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.(1 Samuel 15:22)
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