I have been reading through the Bible with the focus of learning about godly women. A book about becoming a godly woman suggested studying the Bible in that way, reading through it each time focusing on a different subject. I LOVE it. I know the second time through I will see some completely new things. I’ve already learned so much more than I normally would reading through the Bible.
So far I’ve learned about Eve and Sarah, Rebecca and Leah. Each had their faults and their more positive attributes. But this week I learned about Ruth. There isn’t a lot negative going on with Ruth.
We all know the story: Naomi, her husband and children go to a strange land, the men die after marrying, Naomi wishes to return and Ruth insists on returning with her. Ruth meets Boaz while she is gleaning in his fields, she follows Naomi’s suggestions and eventually they married.
So what does this story tell us about Ruth’s character? We know she’s loyal, brave, hard-working, obedient, loving and kind. But what’s more I believe this story tells us about Ruth’s love of God. “Your God will be my God,” she told Naomi. I think Ruth knew of the God that her mother-in-law and husband worshiped, she likely worshiped Him for years too. She chose a hard life, but she also chose the most loving and awesome God.
What do I take from the story of Ruth? Following God is priority one, living for others is priority two. The story of Ruth doesn’t include a single thing that she did for HERSELF. Yet her reward was great: Heaven, God, a good husband, children, grandmother of David and other kings, grandmother of Jesus.