08 Aug

Ruth was anything but ruthless

In the Old Testment book of Ruth we learn of a destitute widow named Ruth who had great admiration for her mother-in-law, Naomi.

The future didn’t look promising for Ruth but nonetheless God gave her hope as she was attracted to Naomi’s relationship with the living God.

Perhaps Ruth’s most famous quote was, “Your people will be my people and your God will be my God.” An amazing statement in reference to her mother-in-law, especially given the tension between their warring nations.

Ruth found a life mentor in Naomi and determined that, come what may, their relationship would model loyalty, friendship and commitment. Boy did it ever!

Should we then be surprised the Lord would allow Ruth, a loyal widow Moabite woman to become the greatgrandmother of King David? And that together with her new husband, Boaz, a descendant of Rahab, a former prostitute, they would continue the family line from which the Messiah would come into the world?

It’s bad English, but I’m reminded – “God, don’t make no junk!”

“We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose for them.” Romans 8:28

Only God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph and a victim into a victory!

God turns what we call mistakes into opportunities every day. Ruth was anything but ruthless. If she was anything, she was a humble, loyal and loving child of God and certainly demonstrated a life worth following!


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