2017-10-16 - Great Courage
The Book of Ruth
Ruth had a choice. She could have stayed in the comforts of her home, but chose to go with Naomi, her mother-in-law to a foreign land. Ruth was dedicated and took on Naomi's way of life. She did not want Naomi stranded. Ruth's name in Hebrew means "friendship," and she lived up to her name.
Ruth didn’t complain that she would have to be the breadwinner for the two of them, now that both husbands were deceased. Little did she know that working in Boaz’s field would bring her hope, a new life, and a new family.
Naomi encouraged Ruth to see Boaz in a romantic light, and the two eventually married and had a son. God rewarded Ruth’s faithfulness by being the second women listed in Jesus’ earthly genealogy via her son Obed. Ruth’s selflessness wasn’t just appreciated by Naomi. Ruth was given the ultimate complement by Naomi’s friends. They commented how God would renew Naomi’s life and sustain her in her old age. “For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.” (Ruth 4:15)
Lord, Please show me who I can bless today–with no ulterior motive except to be a comfort to someone in need. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.