Being a Ruth in today’s world
I love the book of Ruth! Who doesn’t enjoy reading the Bible’s Cinderella story?
Ruth was raised a Moabite. The Moabites were said to be descendents of Lot and his daughters after the destruction of Sodom. They worship the false god (notice I typed a little “g”), Chemosh. They also participated in human sacrifices.
The Bible doesn’t tell us how Ruth met her husband, but we can imagine it was a story to tell! When we meet Ruth in the Bible, her husband has passed away along with her brother-in-law and father-in-law. Her mother-in-law, Naomi, has decided to go back to live in Judah (her home) with her fellow Jews now that a famine there has ended. I’m sure she was ready at this point to go back to her own people after her devastating losses.
Orpah, Ruth’s sister-in-law, went back home to her mother and father. Naomi told Ruth to do the same since she was still young and could remarry and have children. Naomi saw no future for Ruth to remain with her. But then, Ruth makes a statement that is one of the most beloved in God’s Word:
Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people; And your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.
Here is what I journaled in my Bible. I love quoting Christian songs!
Ruth not only goes with Naomi, but she makes sure they are both taken care of by gleaning the fields for their food. Her story and show of kindness grabs the notice and attention of Boaz, a man of great wealth and a relative of Naomi’s deceased husband. Boaz makes provision for Ruth’s gleaning and Ruth is floored by Boaz’s act of kindness. Boaz rewarded Ruth for her faith and loyalty and giving up all to live as a foreigner among the Jews. Boaz said,
The Lord repay your work, and and a full reward be given you by The Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.
Blessed are you of the Lord, my daughter! For you have shown more kindness at the end than at the beginning, in that you did not go after young men, whether poor or rich.
All women seem to love Boaz. The internet is full of quotes and articles about “finding your Boaz”. One thing that does not seem to be mentioned much online is the fact that Ruth–not knowing her future–lived her life as a blessed example in the eyes of God. Even though she was not born a Jew, she was adopted into the family line because she CHOSE GOD. When you choose Jesus as your Savior and live your life as a blessed example, He will reward your faithfulness. God knows our hearts and rewards us for loving Him. Think of Boaz’s statement above in this paraphrase, “We could have loved all that the world offered, but we loved God.”
Ruth’s reward was great indeed! God not only took care of her, but placed—and this is huge, I get excited saying this–placed her in the position of being the great-great grandmother of His Son (and our Savior), Jesus! Wow!
I know that we have heard and read this story many times, but do you ever just stop and consider this short book and let it soak in? Boaz–a prominent Jew–marrying Ruth–a Moabitis. Boaz thought of her past no more because of Ruth’s character, heart, and love for him.
Finally, to state the point of my title, “Being a Ruth in today’s world”, I would suggest considering Ruth as a great example of how we should live. Instead of getting depressed because you haven’t found your Boaz yet, live for God and the Christian life. God will reward you at the proper time. Men like Boaz aren’t found in unChristian environments. Keep that in mind. Godly women won’t be found in those environments either. You receive what you seek after. Be aware of that, my friend. Be a Ruth in today’s world. Not everyone will understand or agree with you living a Godly lifestyle in this ungodly world, but that’s ok. Do only, be only, and live only for what God loves. God will shower you with many blessings! Be patient and wait with a good heart.
Blessings my friends!
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