The book of Ruth is considered one of the most interesting in the Bible. It details the story of a young woman, who overcame a bleak outlook and heartache, to find new joy, due to her unerring faith in God’s promises. What can today’s Christian woman learn from Ruth?
Keep Pressing: Ruth’s situation looked very bleak—her father-in-law, brother-in-law, and her husband died. With the loss of her these men, she faced poverty and even homelessness, but Ruth refused to give in to her circumstances. She pressed on and exercised real faith; that determination led her to the brand new life God had planned for her.
Lean on Me: Ruth and her sister-in-law Orpah had lived around their mother-in-law Naomi while they were married to her sons. The women knew each other well and were even together in their grief and negative circumstance after the male deaths. Who are the Orpahs and Naomi’s in your life? Which women know you best, and support you in your Christian journey? Rely on these figures for guidance and encouragement; remember they come in a number of forms: mother, sister, auntie, cousin, girlfriend, or grandmother.
Wait for and Work for Your Boaz: Ruth & Orpah were still young women when their husbands passed away, leaving her homeless & destitute. New husbands would provide stable homes & brighter futures for both women. Naomi urged her daughter-in-laws to return to their hometowns, where they might meet new husbands. Orpah, probably feeling out of options, agreed and left. But Ruth refused to go, telling Naomi, “Intreat 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).
She stayed with Naomi, and the two traveled to Naomi’s hometown, Bethlehem. While there, Ruth gleaned in the fields to feed herself and Naomi, and while in the fields, she met Boaz, a rich kinsman of Naomi’s. After a unique courtship, the two eventually marry.
-Ruth waited for Boaz: Instead of rushing to find another husband to meet her needs, she focused on trusting God for her supply. A Christian woman will do well to emulate Ruth in this way: wait on God to send you the husband He has prepared for you, and know that God is the supplier of all your needs, not (any) man!
-Ruth also worked for Boaz: God had it designed that Ruth met her future husband “on the job:” she met Boaz in the field while she was gleaning! She worked hard to gather a meager harvest for herself and Naomi; Ruth was a “willing worker,” who didn’t just sit around and wait for miracles to fall from the sky. A Christian woman should remember that God is waiting for her to become ready for her “Boaz,” the husband He has for her—show Him you are ready and waiting on Him to manifest His promise by steadily working for His glory. While you wait for your Godly man, do the work of the Lord, and you will be rewarded for your efforts!
S. Willis is a native Virginian. She is the author of a children’s book, “The Little Adventures of Bella and DJ,” which will be released in May 2011 (visit www.WordsByWillis.com to pre-order).