And Ruth said, “Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me. Ruth 1:16-17
Ruth had love for and was faithful to her mother-in-law in the same way that God has love for us and He’s so faithful to us. I didn’t think about this until I had to really look at the heart of this woman. In the two scriptures above let’s look at how she loved Naomi and was faithful to her.
(Ruth to Naomi) "Entreat me not to leave thee"
Hebrews 13:5 – Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have; for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
As Believers in Christ, God has given us His word that no matter what, He won’t leave us or abandon us. And even though Naomi tried to get Ruth to return to her land and people Ruth refused. The Bible doesn’t tell us why, but to me it was because she truly loved her. And God is the same way about us. Once we’ve surrendered to Him, there’s nothing we can do to separate ourselves from His love.
This is how we may say it today: "Mom, I’m not leaving you because I love you. If you go I’m going too. The only way I’ll leave you is if I die. Otherwise, I’m not leaving you. I’m not going back where I was. Orpah can go back if she wants, but I’m going with you."
Now it’s reversed for us with God, He doesn’t follow us, but gives us a choice to follow Him through His Son Jesus Christ.
Matthew 16:24 – Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
It’s a sacrifice to follow Jesus. You have to make a choice to let go of some things and sometimes some people. Ruth made a choice to let go of what was behind her and go forward to a new place and a new people. And to me most importantly, a new faith. Naomi’s God was going to be her God.
What could Naomi have done to make Ruth feel this way about her?
I Corinthians 13:13 – And now abideth faith, hope and charity (love), these three; but the greatest of these is LOVE.
God is love and this is what He requires of us:
Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart , and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Naomi had to love Ruth like she was her biological daughter. And that love drew her to Naomi to the point where she didn’t want to ever part from her. I believe the Love of God was so present in Naomi that it made it impossible for Ruth to imagine life without her “Mother”. That drawing lead her to the God that Naomi believed in. The One and only True Living God.
Isn’t this what it’s all about…
Bible References: Ruth 2-4; Matthew 1:5
My name is Barbara Lynette Williams and I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I’m a Minister, Mother, Grandmother and professionally a Certified Coding Specialist. I love being with family and serving God in the capacity of Help. I have a passion to help those that are in need. I am also, a newly published author of, The Deep Waters Spiritual Journal available on Amazon.
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