NOBLE like Ruth
Scripture: Ruth 1-4
The story of Ruth begins when Naomi's two sons died leaving her daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah, to be widows. Out of love, Naomi urges her two daughters-in-law to go back home and find a new life as they are still young. Despite her firm decision to head back to her hometown in Bethlehem, Ruth's love and loyalty towards Naomi was deeper than Naomi would've realized. Ruth decides to follow Naomi and even goes so far as to declare the following “Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die—there will I be buried.” (Ruth 1:16-17).
Ruth didn't have to follow Naomi and she certainly did not have to step into the unknown of moving to a new land, especially after being widowed. And yet, with boldness, Ruth remained faithful despite the looming uncertainties. In her story, we don't really hear a voice from God. Rather, what we see are the small ties and connections that weave a story of God's faithfulness even when it feels that God is silent. As Ruth remained steadfast in her commitment and obedient to her mother-in-law, she then had the opportunity to meet a man named Boaz who honored and loved her and, in the end, the two were married. Through Ruth and Boaz, David’s lineage continues until Jesus. Ruth had no idea, but God is actually fulfilling His promise and plan for Israel through her.
The story of Ruth shows us how small steps of faith are evidenced by a noble heart and strength of character. Ruth's strength and fortitude did not emerge overnight but were rather the fruit of continuous faith and boldness to step into the hard things in life. Ruth continued to believe what was right and true, and in those beliefs, she pushed forward and held her head high believing that the God whom she may not see or hear has her back. Like Ruth, we can and must hold our head high as we walk in the hardness and confusing parts of our life. We must not let the world sway us from the truth and from what is of God. Like Ruth, we can take the higher road not just out of duty, but out of deep love and conviction in doing what is righteous and true. Ruth was able to do anything that was put in her path because of the love that she carried. She never let go of her love and respect for Naomi, which resulted in her resilience and noble character.
So even when we feel alone in our fight or are struggling to see the end, know that God is working in and through every detail of your life and He uses it to bring His purposes for you, the people around you and even for an entire nation just as He did with Ruth.
Share an experience where you had to choose to boldly follow God, even if the road seemed ‘unclear’. How did God reward your boldness to follow Him?
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