(Today’s post is by Gabriel Ruiz, a faithful brother from Christ Church. I hope it encourages you as much as it did me!)
“…the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!” (2:12)
In chapter one we read about one of the most radical examples of human devotion ever written about. Ruth will not leave her mother in-law Naomi’s side. Such devotion to one’s natural mother may be expected, but a mother in-law? Most married folks I know welcome some distance between themselves and their in-laws!
Ruth is absolutely committed to her mother in-law. She tells Naomi: “where you go I will go and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God” (1:16).
There was no apparent reward for such devotion to Naomi. Naomi barely had a penny to her name and with both her husband and her two sons recently dead she felt hopeless. In fact, she was so down and out that she pulled an Artist formally know as Prince move and changed her name to “Bitter”.
But, there was a great reward for such devotion to Naomi. Inside the half eaten box of Cracker Jacks that was Naomi’s life was a prize beyond measure. When Ruth told Naomi “your people shall be my people, and your God my God,” although she didn’t know it yet she was getting the Willy Wonka golden ticket!
She was joining the people to whom God had made a similar promise to the one Ruth gave to Naomi. God told Naomi’s forefathers “I will be your God and you will be my people,” and as sincere as Ruth’s promise to Naomi was, God’s promise was infinitely so!
Although darkness seemed to be closing in on Naomi and Ruth they soon discovered that it was only the shade of resting under the wings of the almighty God who was rescuing them. And underneath those great wings along with Naomi and Ruth, you and I are at peace, loved and cared for in Jesus!