Monday, May 29, 2017

The Faith of Ruth

The Faith of Ruth: The Charm of Home
Ruth and Naomi, Pieter Lastman

The principles of the Kingdom of Heaven are all through the Bible woven into every story.  Do you recognize them when you read them?  Today we are looking at the spiritual gift of faith.
The story of Ruth displays a devotion to family that is rewarded by God.  Ruth's spirit of self-sacrifice and moral integrity was favored by God with the gift of faith and a good marriage by which she became the ancestress to King David and Christ.

In the days when the judges ruled in Israel, a severe famine came upon the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah left his home and went to live in the country of Moab, taking his wife and two sons with him. The man’s name was Elimelech, and his wife was Naomi. Their two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in the land of Judah. And when they reached Moab, they settled there.
Then Elimelech died, and Naomi was left with her two sons. The two sons married Moabite women. One married a woman named Orpah, and the other a woman named Ruth. But about ten years later, both Mahlon and Kilion died. This left Naomi alone, without her two sons or her husband.

Naomi and Ruth Return

Then Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had blessed his people in Judah by giving them good crops again. So Naomi and her daughters-in-law got ready to leave Moab to return to her homeland. With her two daughters-in-law she set out from the place where she had been living, and they took the road that would lead them back to Judah.
But on the way, Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back to your mothers’ homes. And may the Lord reward you for your kindness to your husbands and to me. May the Lord bless you with the security of another marriage.” Then she kissed them good-bye, and they all broke down and wept.
10 “No,” they said. “We want to go with you to your people.”
11 But Naomi replied, “Why should you go on with me? Can I still give birth to other sons who could grow up to be your husbands? 12 No, my daughters, return to your parents’ homes, for I am too old to marry again. And even if it were possible, and I were to get married tonight and bear sons, then what? 13 Would you wait for them to grow up and refuse to marry someone else? No, of course not, my daughters! Things are far more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord himself has raised his fist against me.”
14 And again they wept together, and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye. But Ruth clung tightly to Naomi. 15 “Look,” Naomi said to her, “your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods. You should do the same.”
16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. 17 Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!” 18 When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she said nothing more.
19 So the two of them continued on their journey. When they came to Bethlehem, the entire town was excited by their arrival. “Is it really Naomi?” the women asked.
20 “Don’t call me Naomi,” she responded. “Instead, call me Mara, for the Almighty has made life very bitter for me. 21 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me home empty. Why call me Naomi when the Lord has caused me to suffer and the Almighty has sent such tragedy upon me?”
22 So Naomi returned from Moab, accompanied by her daughter-in-law Ruth, the young Moabite woman. They arrived in Bethlehem in late spring, at the beginning of the barley harvest.


Ruth turned her back on all she knew to follow Naomi and her God.  She had an unshakable faith that all would be well. She turned away from her pagan gods, and her family, and her homeland to follow Naomi into Judah and live amongst the Israelites. 
What do we turn from today to follow God?
Do we give up our obsessions with sports, celebrities, and worldly things.  None of those things will benefit you at all but, a relationship with the one true God will.

All glory and honor to my Lord Jesus Christ,

I will be linking up with these parties:
Mommy Moments at Life of Faith- Sun evening
The Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims
Moments of Hope at Lori Schumaker
Monday's Musings at What Joy is Mine
Tuesday Talk with Sarah E. Frazer
Coffee and Conversation at Pat and Tues eve
Tell Us His Story at Jennifer Dukes Lee- Tues eve
Grace Moments at Journeys in Grace
Thought Provoking Thursdays at 3-D Lessons for Life
Grace and Truth at Above the Waves
Fresh Market Friday Crystal Twaddell
Faith and Friends at Counting My Blessings

  Spiritual Gift of Faith


Cranberry Morning said...

All glory, laud, and honor to Jesus Christ our King! Wonderful post, Sherry. - Judy

living from glory to glory said...

I was struck by the very notion that it was her devotion to her family that God so blessed her faithfulness! God will use all we give Him...
The Story of Ruth still teaches us and gives us hope! Also being a Godly Mother-in-law and being a Godly daughter-in-law is so important for the whole family!
Always, Roxy

JES said...

As a young girl, Queen Esther used to be my favorite biblical woman but as I grew older, it became Ruth. I love her story of loyalty. Thanks for the reminder of what we really should be following! Have a lovely summer!

Crystal said...

Ruth was the very first book of the Bible I read as a new believer in my teen years. It has always been one of my two favorites. Lovely post!