The story of Ruth is extremely popular to the unmarried woman. It is often referenced in many different contexts as it relates to waiting for a husband and working while you wait. Ruth was pretty much portrayed as the Proverbs 31 woman. But no one really speaks on the strength of Ruth when dealing with her mother-in-law, Naomi, or her overall strength and consistent faithfulness displayed throughout her story.
After the passing of Ruth’s husband, she remained very dedicated and devoted to serving the house of the deceased although his mother was the only remaining relative. In the beginning, it is explained that due to the passing of her sons Naomi gave both Ruth and Orpah permission to return home to their families. Eventually, Orpah left, but Ruth remained firm in her decision to stay. The strength in Ruth’s decision speaks loudly to the type of woman that she was.
Although the situation was not ideal, Ruth stood firm in her purpose and assignment with these words, “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. 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!” (Ruth 1:16-17). Naomi somewhat begged and pleaded with Ruth for her to return home, but Ruth would not allow the pleading of Naomi to move her. She knew that although the situation did not seem favorable that purpose still rested in the mist thereof. Naomi wanted to rest in the bitterness of the tragedy surrounding her situation but Ruth would not allow it. She remained with her mother-in-law until her assignment was complete.
Can you imagine how differently the story would be portrayed had Ruth decided to leave? Not only would she have missed out on meeting Boaz, but the circumstances surrounding the bitterness of Naomi, may have consumed her. There was great power in Ruth remaining faithful to where she was planted. There also lies a great deal of encouragement in knowing the fruit that can be produced after enduring a season of extreme difficulty when you are faithful to the will of God.
The underlying part of this story that excites me personally, is just plainly the strength of Ruth. She never complained nor did she question the instructions of her mother-in-law when it became time to make herself available to Boaz. Ruth was depicted as being an extremely patient, hardworking, faithful and kind woman.
Ruth understood that the season being endured was for her preparation and not her demise. She reacted in a completely different manner than her mother-in-law. In ways, the passing of her sons and husband did consume Naomi. However, the depth in the consumption was not greatly because of the strength and obedience of Ruth.
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