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Learn from Women of the Bible: Ruth

Learning From Women of the Bible: Ruth

The women in the Bible are awe inspiring. Many fought hard in the Spirit for their blessings. Many, alongside the men, helped spread the gospel and nurture kings and prophets who would impact nations and fulfill Gods Divine plan to rescue us.

Today my focus is on Ruth. Ruth is a Moabite woman in the Bible who married into a Jewish family. Unfortunately for her, she was widowed after a short 10 years of marriage. That’s where we meet her in her life’s journey. Ruth, her mother-in-law Naomi, and her sister-in-law Orpah have all lost their spouses. Naomi has not had an easy life. She is living in a foreign land and now she’s lost her husband and children, so she decides it’s time to return home to Bethlehem. She releases her daughters-in-law back to their respective families, but Ruth decides that she would rather stay with her mother-in-law and travel Bethlehem.

This act of devotion from Ruth is commendable. Moab was a place that worshipped other Gods, Ruth surely grew up worshipping these Gods. Throughout their marriages, Naomi would have imparted knowledge of Jehovah God to both her daughters-in-law. When Naomi asks Ruth to go back, she is in effect saying, “You can return to your family and your Gods.” By following Naomi, Ruth not only chooses to follow her mother-in-law, but Jehovah God as well. This is why Ruth’s devotion is worth mentioning. She chose to devote herself to Jehovah.

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.

The trait I would like to have of Ruth’s is Unwavering Devotion. She was devoted even when it meant going to a foreign land, unsure of how she would be treated and who would provide for her. Devotion isn’t always comfortable or easy, but it’s a choice to stay the course even when the odds are against you.

 

Ruth in the Bible

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