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"And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God." Ruth 1:16
IN JESUS TODAY!
Ruth and Orpah, these two women, both widows, stayed with their Mother-in-law Naomi after their husbands died. They followed Naomi because she was a woman that walked in love. Naomi came out of the land of Bethlehem unto the foriegn land of Moab and there she suffered greatly. First she left Bethlehem-Judah with her husband Elimelech and had two sons, (Mahlon and Chilion) and lived amongst the Moabite people in Moab, a land that worshipped the God of Moab. When they had left Bethlehem, they left with many things of value and journeyed to Moab, but now they were broke and hurting because there was a great famine, so Naomi and her two daughters-in-law were left alone with only each other in a land that was having a famine, no jobs, no food, and only suffering. Soon they heard that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was now visiting Bethlehem to bring his people food, and so Naomi decided to return home to Bethlehem. Now these two daughters-in-law were given a choice, to return to their own Mothers and their own families, or to stay with Naomi, even though Naomi encouraged them to not stay with her, and herein we find Ruth who made the choice to follow Naomi into this new land despite Naomi's advice to her.
For each of us there comes a time when we will have to decide, will we follow in faith and hope, or will we seek the safety of what we have always known, will we return to a God that doesn't work, as Orpah chose to do, a God that leaves you in a land of famine, or will we follow our God, like Naomi and Ruth did, "for she had heard, how that the Lord had visited his people in giving them bread." Choose Jesus and you shall live!