And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman.
Have you read the Book of Ruth before? It’s a beautiful account in the Bible and such a delight to read and study it.
The Book of Ruth tells the story of a woman named Naomi who lost her husband and then her two sons. She hears that the LORD visited her homeland by giving them bread. So she went on her way to the land of Judah. Her two daughters in law joined her for part of her journey. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. (Ruth 1:14) What follows is a lovely story about friendship, submission, love and a whole lot more.
Here are three character traits of Naomi’s daughter in law that I made note of and that I wanted to share with you today:
- Ruth was a true companion. She faithfully followed Naomi and stayed with her; Naomi’s people were her people, and Naomi’s God was going to be her God. (Ruth 1:16)
- She was a hard worker and supported her mother in law. (Ruth 2:2,7,17)
- She was humble and showed respect to the ones in authority. (Ruth 2:5-6)
Look what kind of blessing Boaz spoke over her after she had marveled that he (a Jew) would show such undeserved favor to her (a Gentile).
The LORD repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.”
And, once again, I’m amazed about God’s providence. He knew well ahead of time that I needed to read these four chapters this week. How about you? What did God reveal through His Word to you this past week?
Under whose wings do you seek refuge in these uncertain times?