Ruth, Week 1: An Unforeseeable Future
Ruth’s story is one filled with pain, sorrow, and an unforeseeable future. To be honest, I cannot fathom what she was going through. She lost her husband - her covering, her provider, her lover. Life in that time was famine stricken, and without a husband to look after her, her safety was compromised. After her husband died, she would then be married to his brother. However, another tragedy arose, and her brother-in-law also passed. This left Ruth, her sister-in-law, Orpah, and her mother-in-law, Naomi, to fend for themselves. Naomi urged her daughter-in-laws to go back to their people. Orpah agreed to do so, and with tears left them both. Ruth, however, refused to leave Naomi and go back to her family.
She 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. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” (Ruth 1:16-18)
Your God will be my God. Ruth was a Moabite woman, she was from a tribe that followed many gods and partook in pagan worship. At that moment, when she told her mother-in-law she would go with her for life, she denounced the pagan gods and vowed to follow the one true God.
When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her and they both embarked on the journey back to Bethlehem. Ruth had no idea what was in store for her, and little did she know that one day her decedent would be the Son of God.
I look forward to digging into the book of Ruth with you ladies. God is faithful, and while His timing is more complex than we can understand. we can trust that He knows every detail, and is bigger than every circumstance.