Do Life - Part 4
Lord, in this day of casual, uncommitted relationships, help me see true devotion to someone else in this Scripture.
Read: Ruth 17b-18 NIV
“May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me. When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.”
The book of Ruth is a true gem in the Bible. It is a story of true devotion between two women combined with a love story. The story begins in Moab where three women, Naomi (mother-in-law) and Orpah and Ruth (her two daughters-in-law) lived. All three had lost their husbands. Naomi hears things are better in her home, Judah, and decides to return there without her daughters-in-law. Ruth states that she wants to stay with Naomi because they had grown close and shared a mutual love of God.
Following Naomi meant Ruth would have to leave everything familiar to her, homeland and family. Also, she would be a foreigner in Judah. Ruth 1:16 captures her true feelings about staying with Naomi. Ruth said, “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.” This is a picture of what true commitment and devotion for someone else means. Ruth was willing to take on the hardship of being a widowed foreigner to stay with Naomi, help her, and follow her God.
In order to put food on the table when they got to Judah, Ruth does the backbreaking work of gleaning leftover grain in the fields. The owner of the field recognizes her hard work and compliments her on what she has done for Naomi. (Ruth 2:11-12) He also asks her to stay in his fields because she would be safer there.
Her devotion to Naomi pays off and God rewards her by providing her with a husband, Boaz, and she becomes the great-grandmother of King David. She is also in the linage of our Savior Jesus Christ. (Matthew 1:5)
This week take time to examine your relationships with other people. Ask yourself, “Do I have the kind of relationships with others that Ruth had with Naomi?” If you don’t, what do you need to do to develop the close relationships that will be supportive and growing? A good place to begin is in a home team that has a caring, supportive environment.
Lord Jesus, thank You for the example of Ruth and the devotion she had for Naomi and God. Help me to reach out and be supportive of someone this week. In Your name, Amen.