The cross: the God of Naomi

Thy God My God: The Faith of Ruth

Deep Lesson from the Book of Ruth

This post speaks of a very important lesson from the Book of Ruth.

The book of Ruth is no doubt one the most important book in the Bible that speaks of Faithfulness and its rewards.

It tells of the story of a man in Israel, Elimelech, who left his home town, Bethlehemjudah, to live in another country called Moab.

See also: Bible verses about Faith

According to the scriptures, Elimelech did this because of the famine in Israel.

He left Isreal for Moab with his wife, Naomi, and his two sons, Mahlon and Chilion. Unfortunately, Elimelech died in Moab, and then his two sons got married to the daughters of Moab.

The Sad News: Lesson from Ruth

Some years after the death of Elimelech, his two sons also died. Naomi was then left with the wives of his two sons, Orpah and Ruth, so she decided to live Moab.

After the sorrows, talks, and cries, Orpah stayed back in Moab and Ruth decided to stay glued to Naomi.

In the end, Ruth gained a lot and played a major role in the genealogy of Jesus Christ.

Now, do you know that what made Ruth what she became was more of ‘Faith in God’ than ‘Faithfulness to Naomi’? Literally, the decision Ruth took was senseless, ridiculous and absurd.

Orpah behaved wise, Ruth acted as of folly. Yes, let’s do the analysis now.

The Bible says in verses 15 of chapter 1 of the book of Ruth that Orpah did not just go back to her people but to her gods.

The Bible clearly stated that she went back to her gods, the gods of Moab, the gods of Ruth also.

Ok, then Ruth said to Naomi in verses 16_ ‘thy God my God.’ Ruth intentionally renounced the gods of Moab for the God of Naomi.

Ruth made a very irrational decision by going for the God of Naomi as opposed to the God of Moab.Why? Ok, who is the God of Naomi?

See also: Bible verses about Faith and Prayer

Now don’t think of Him as the God that parted the red sea and rained manner_ what a good God. No!

Important Lesson from the book of RUTH: Bible Study

Let’s take a look from Ruth’s perspective.

1. The God that allowed famine on the land of His people for such a long time that they had to run away.

2. The God that kept watching until Elimelech died!

3. The God that did nothing about it when her husband’s brother was dying painfully!

4. The God that left her husband to die in his young age!

Judging from Ruth’s experiences, is this God worth serving at all? I don’t think so.

Naomi herself declared the statement that the hand of the Lord has gone out against her in verses 13.

But despite all these, in spite of the calamities and disasters this God had allowed to take place before her, Ruth had the courage, produced from a great Faith, to say_ thy God, my God.

Evaluation of the Faith of RUTH

Orpah summed it all up and concluded that this God was not worth the service; Ruth summed it all up and decided not to give up on this God, she produced a gigantic manner of Faith out of sorrow and death. This degree of Faith must have undoubtedly moved God than usual.

Here is my conclusion.

When you are able to declare good things and stand in faith, despite the worst happenings around you, then would you attract real blessing(s) from God.

Jesus says in the book of John 16:33 (KJV). “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulations: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

This does not look to me like Jesus promised a smooth life of no worries and persecutions. Of course, he didn’t. He specifically made it clear that we will have tribulations in this world, even as Christians.

But in any form of tribulation we find ourselves, we must rest in the assurance that he has given us, never lose our peace, for He has overcome the world.

Still reading: Deep Lesson from the Book of Ruth

Romans 8:28_”For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”

Isn’t it intriguing that we have absolutely nothing to worry about, no matter what we face?

As long as you have made your peace with God, you need to learn to find your peace in Him daily. Do not let temporary circumstances (that are working for your good) withdraw your attention from Him.

See also: The Prayer God hears

He loves You, and He is not mad at you. Like Ruth, will you trust in Him beyond what you can see or feel?

I urge you to put your trust in Him, and look up to Him consistently.

Develop a constant fellowship with God, and all is more than just well with you.

God bless You.

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