Ruth: Leaving Her Past Behind For A Better Future

Ruth 1:16-17 

And Ruth said, Intreat 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.

When they married, Ruth and Orpah left their parent’s home, and the people and places familiar to them.

Sadly, both of their  husbands, Mahlon. Chilion and  Father-in-Law perished, leaving their Mother-in-Law, Naomi, without her husband or sons. 

The widow learned that the Lord had blessed His people with food, so Naomi,  Ruth and Orpah headed toward Judah. 

At a certain point, Naomi told both women that her hope was for the Lord to deal kindly with them, and that they should return to their mothers’ houses. She told them the reasons why and even went so far as to tell them that the Hand of the Lord had gone out against her, so they should separate for their good.

It was a tearful goodbye, but Orpah kissed her Mother-in-Law, and returned to people, gods and what was familiar to her. Ruth, on the other hand, clung to Naomi.

At the beginning of barley harvest, the two women arrived in Bethlehem. It was here that Naomi claimed God had dealt bitterly with her.

In God’s Perfect Providence, history introduces a wealthy kinsman of Naomi’s husband. 

We see throughout, the great blessings Ruth had because she was willing to leave her past, entirely.  We do not read about regret that she abandoned the false gods, clinging to the One True God.

Our Lord requires our loyalty. When we are rescued from death into life eternal by the Blood of Christ, we are called to abandon what we knew, even though life offered the comfort of familiarity. 

There is only One Truth, anything else is a lie. Darkness and light do not “coexist”. As cherished children of the Most High, we are expected to assume our role as royalty, forsaking anything not approved  by our Father, the King.

Father God

Thank You for this day

Please forgive our sins against You, others and ourselves

Like Ruth, please let us cleave to You

Please let us willingly give up anything that will lead us away from Your Will

Thank You for Ruth’s example

And that she did not choose to return to where she once was

Just because it was familiar

Please let us do likewise

Please let us encourage one another in obedience

Uplifting each other in faith

You are the One True God

With Your Work within us

Our past does not have to dictate our future

In the Name of Jesus

Amen

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First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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