Listen, there are a lot of books in the bible I love. However, Ruth is probably my favorite. I love her resolve to FOLLOW. I love her sacrifice to know Naomi’s God.
When I think of Ruth…I think of the statement, “No one is ever too far gone.”
Ruth was raised far from God. Marrying Naomi’s son brought her upclose to the savior. It would not be until her kinsman redeemer came that she would experience true redemption.
I think of Naomi as a bridge builder. Naomi’s life built a bridge for Ruth to walk across to find hope and salvation.
I love the end of this story and the legacy that lived on through Ruth. Do not underestimate the power of bridge building to those who need hope. Just like Ruth’s life produced our savior, those you are leading to christ are leading others.
Our lives are roll-over’s of GRACE and Redemption. Do not give up! Keep following, sacrificing and most of all Surrendering.
“But Naomi said, “Return home, my daughters. Why would you come with me? Am I going to have anymore, sons, who could become your husbands? Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me–even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons–would you wait until they grew up? Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord’s hand has turned against me!”
At this they wept loud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her.
“Look, said Naomi, your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”
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.”