2017-05-05 - Sharing the Load
But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. (Ruth 1:16)
Ruth was a woman of great courage and perseverance. Her name in Hebrew means friendship, and she lived up to her name. Ruth had a choice. She could have stayed in the comforts of her home, but chose to go with Naomi, her mother-in-law to a foreign land and take on Naomi’s way of life. Ruth was dedicated. She did not want Naomi stranded. Ruth didn’t complain that she would have to be the breadwinner for the two of them. Little did she know that working in Boaz’s field would bring her hope, a new life, and a new family.
Naomi encouraged Ruth to see Boaz in a romantic light, and the two eventually married and had a son. God rewarded Ruth’s faithfulness by making her the second women listed in Jesus’ earthly genealogy, via her son Obed.
Ruth’s selflessness wasn’t just appreciated by Naomi. Ruth was given the ultimate compliment by Naomi’s friends. They commented how God would renew Naomi’s life and sustain her in her old age. “For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.” (Ruth 4:15)
Lord, Please show me who I can bless today–with no ulterior motive except to be a comfort to someone in need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.