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Ruth 1:16 Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.
When reading through an ancient text such as the Bible, it’s easy to get lost in some of the stories. But we sometimes forget that these were real people, experiencing real life, real hardships, and real trauma. The life of Ruth is one that may be easy to read, but it’s much better to absorb it, meditate on it, and try to feel what she and Naomi must have been feeling.
The beginning of their journey doesn’t seem too abnormal. Naomi marries and has two sons whom also marry. But then tragedy strikes. Naomi’s husband dies, leaving her a widow. Then her two sons also die, leaving her and her daughters-in-law all widows. They’re not only grieving the loss of their loved ones, they’re also destitute.
Ruth’s solution was to remain with her mother-in-law Naomi no matter what. Ruth, a non-Jewish woman who grew up worshipping other gods leaves everything she knew in order to remain close to Naomi. Ruth’s loyalty to Naomi was profound.
READING & PRAYERS:
RUTH 1:1-22 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)
QUESTION: Think of a time when you were feeling lost, alone, and isolated. Was there an unexpected person who showed you extreme loyalty and encouragement in that season of your life?
QUESTION: Who is somebody you know who could use tremendous loyalty and encouragement today? How will you go about offering it to them throughout the week?
Take a Step: This week, continue to utilize the One Minute Pause app at least twice daily to begin practicing being with God and resting in His presence. The app is free, and is available on iPhone and Android devices. See pauseapp.com for details.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I pray that this week You will reveal to me at least one person each day who is in need of tremendous love and encouragement, and that You would work through me to provide it to them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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