The little book of Ruth holds such a powerful story! I have read it many times and yet, I still find something new to ponder each time. It has often been an encouragement and challenge to me to try and be like Ruth and have the same heart of service and trust in God that she did.
So, who is Ruth? Ruth was not a Jew, but a Gentile from Moab. She was a Moabitess. Her name means “friend”. Many people think that her story took place during the time of the Judges of Israel. We don’t know much about her early life except that she was married to one of Naomi’s sons. After he and his brother died, she was the only one who chose to return to Bethlehem with Naomi. How difficult it must have been to leave all that she had known and loved to travel to a distant land that she did not know! On top of that, she was a widow with no children. Ruth’s story could have ended here, but because she had begun to turn her heart to the God of Israel and applied herself to learning His ways and serving Him, He blessed her with a new husband, Boaz, children and esteem in the land of Israel. God so blessed her that she, a Gentile, became the grandmother of King David. (Ruth 4:17)
Here are some things to ponder from the story of Ruth…
- Ruth’s love for those around her, especially toward Naomi, was shown in her words and actions. (Ruth 1:16-18)
- Ruth trusted God to provide, but did not sit idly by. (Ruth 2:2-3)
- Ruth’s reputation and good character proceeded her. (Ruth 2:11-13)
- Ruth was humble and did not put herself forward or try to take matters into her own hands.
- Ruth obeyed Naomi, who was her elder, and listened to her advice. (Ruth 3:1-6)
- Ruth was willing to follow God wherever He led her and through whatever He thought best for her.
May you be blessed, young maiden, as you study the Word of God on your own and strive to serve Him!