May 18 – Extraordinary Women of the Bible – Ruth

Read Ruth 1:16-18

The four chapters of Ruth are a beautiful depiction of hope, faithfulness and loyalty. If you haven’t yet, I would encourage you to read the entire book and learn more about the faithfulness of God.

The book centers around a woman named Naomi. Through some tragic events, her husband and her sons pass away and she is left with her daughters-in-law. Based on Naomi’s prompting, one of the daughters leaves back for her hometown. Ruth, however, stays.

When Naomi encourages her to leave again, Ruth responds with inspiring words of loyalty:

“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. 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.’ When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.”

When she was rightfully able to leave for a more comfortable life, Ruth chose to stay with her mother-in-law and not allow her to be lonely and isolated.

How loyal are you to those that are most important to you?

What all are you willing to walk through with them? To what extent are you willing to encourage them and point them back to Christ?

As you read on through the rest of Ruth’s story, you will see that God remains faithful to her and blesses her. It’s even through her blood line that Jesus would eventually come.

How about that for faithfulness?

Throughout this devotional series, you will discover a clear theme of the Lord’s faithfulness and blessing to those who are in Him.

To take loyalty a step further, to what extent are you loyal to God?

“Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.”

How often do you find yourself attached to Jesus’ hip, fully surrendered to His plan and direction for your life? When this life gives you an “out”, what is your response?

The Bible guarantees you that, if you remain faithful to God and submissive to His will, you will receive protection and blessing forevermore.

Jake Lawson

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