Oh, and then there was a house fire. One of the most beloved stories is the Bible story of Ruth and the Naomi Bible study as well, and how God blessed both of them. Registered in Scotland under charity number SCO 38860. Ruth: Receives Kindness from Boaz. Please feel free to use this devotional to send on to your friends or share with your church fellowship. So Naomi and Ruth returned from Moab; and they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest. The village give Naomi such a welcome on her return! He’s working in your hurting, and in the right time, He will come through for you, too. He presents striking examples of lives that embody in their daily affairs the self-giving love that fulfills God's law (Lev 19:18; cf. He lifts up the broken-hearted, those who have been hit hard by the sledge hammer of life events and wrong choices. Remember, on the other side of Naomi’s was Jesus. Orpah, one of the daughter in-laws, returned to her family in Moab; but, Ruth, the other dauther-in-law, committed to stay with Naomi. She was left with just her daughters-in-law, and it was as excruiating as it seemed. She made a passionate commitment, saying, “Your people will be my people and your God my God.” Through a loving relationship, Ruth expressed faith both to Naomi and to her God. But Ruth wouldn’t leave Naomi–not for a second. NL Daily Devotion for Monday, October 14, 2019 ... Naomi, Ruth, and Orpah had all lost their husbands. Ruth was committed to caring for Naomi, and her commitment was shown in Ruth’s devotion to take care of their needs. To download this devotional about Ruth and Naomi as a PDF click the download button below. Naomi knew the customs of her people and she used them to help Ruth find a creative way to change the relationship of master and servant to husband and wife. So our twisted, no-what-we-planned story? Ellel Ministries International is a Christian Mission Organisation with a vision of welcoming people, teaching them about the Kingdom of God and healing those in need. She asked Naomi for permission to glean in the fields, and Naomi encouraged her to do so. But Naomi, in her despair, had somehow stumbled back to the land where God was. Naomi sees Ruth’s determination to stay with her and the two women return to Naomi’s hometown of Bethlehem. What kind of God would allow His children to suffer this much? Ruth chose the God of Israel as her God. It was the custom of the time that if a woman's husband died, she would then marry one of her husband's brothers. Ruth, empowered by Naomi’s support, began gleaning in the fields. God is doing a new thing in you. God doesn’t want us to live in defeat, so He will always provide a way out. Let me go with you. This would ensure that the women would be cared for, as women had few options for employment at that time. There’s so much more to the story, but the gist is that they traveled to Bethlehem. grateful. Naomi loved Ruth and desired good for her. Though her mother-in-law urges her to let go and turn back, she will not. Tweet, "The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. There was a time not too long ago when I started questioning what God was doing in my life. She wept. But perhaps, this story is important because it shows us that all of those struggles were a part of the plan to save the world. And she was bitter. Naomi explained that there was virtually no hope of a family future for them in her homeland. I loved God, but my heart was bitter to His goodness and I truly believed my life’s purpose was to endure the immense amount of grief that never seemed to leave my life. I really couldn’t see a way out of my suffering or if I’d be able to do any of the things He had promised me when I was 16 (that’s a story for another day). Ro 13:10). They are Mahlon (invalid) and Kilyon (pining). And she desperately wanted to be alone to wallow in her misery. Try these: McKenna is a former high school English teacher who quit her job in teaching to pursue a career in country music. He used Ruth–in all of her devotion and persistence–to give Naomi a great ending to her life. Naomi’s was in the form of her sweet, devoted daughter-in-law, Ruth. Ruth 1:16 – “ But Ruth replied, (to Naomi) “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Her Daughter-in-law insists on returning with her and the decision changes their lives and ultimately all of the world. To do friendship well it takes time, devotion and faithfulness and, I must admit, on occasion I have failed. By Chapter 3 we see Naomi coming alive. Naomi’s husband dies a refugee. Ruth's Loyalty to Naomi. He’s not scared of your bitterness, and He’s never stopped loving you through it. I am turning to You now to receive Your love and healing in my life, Amen. Ruth says, "Let me go to the field, and glean along the ears of grain." Hang tight friend, and press on through the desert. Ruth: The Daughter-In-Law of Naomi. Ruth 1:14 tells us that Orpah kissed Naomi goodbye, but that Ruth clung to her. She is left destitute. I saw a woman, with way more tragedy than me, but with the same bitter, cold heart. And to make a short story even shorter, Naomi coached Ruth and instructed her on how to win over Boaz. Because—da, S U N D A Y S. Her undying devotion to Naomi and her redemption by Boaz attest to her humble obedience that transcends time, race and culture. I started this website to connect with other mamas facing hard life things and to encourage women to thrive even in the toughest moments. Ruth said to Naomi, “Don’t ask me to leave you! Ruth won the respect of the community about her by her devotion to Naomi, her industriousness, and her virtuous conduct. Hey y'all, I'm McKenna Hydrick, a writer + host of the Just Keep Living Podcast, with a passion to share our family's crazy story of perseverance and hope. Registered in the United Kingdom as The Christian Trust under charity number 1041237 and company number 02883771. But by remaining with Naomi, she makes a profound personal sacrifice. One of the best examples of one who didn’t fail comes from the Book of Ruth. She stepped out in faith to claim the promise of God’s commitment. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Failed dreams. Uncontrollably. Not enough money to cover medical bills and expensive medicines, let alone normal life costs. One desperate afternoon, I decided to open my bible, and I came across the story of Ruth and Naomi. But the greatest love displayed in this book is God’s love for Naomi (and all of Israel): 1. Was the second baby the only one of twins to survive? However, she does not. Ruth's devotion to her mother-in-law, her willingness to do whatever was necessary for survival, and her industry brought Ruth to Boaz's attention. She ended up remarrying and having a child named Obed, and Naomi became the child’s nanny. And this blessing redeemed both her and her mother-in-law Naomi. Your grief may be unbearable–like Naomi’s–but find your Ruth and hang on to the promise that God will remain faithful to you. Therefore, the word “davkah” signals to us that Ruth’s devotion to Naomi is profound. But we know that when famine hit the land, Naomi and her family leave their home and flee the country. Accordingly, he must first offer the right of redemption to a closer relative, but he pledges to redeem Elimelech’s family if the other man refuses (vv. Ruth's Initiative to Care for Naomi. She begged her daughters-in-law, newly widowed, to leave and go back home so they could remarry and find happiness again. © 2017 - Solo Pine. As it happened, she gleaned in the fields of Naomi’s relative Boaz, who admired Ruth’s devotion to Naomi and was very kind to her. Her name is Naomi. Naomi’s was in the form of her sweet, devoted daughter-in-law, Ruth. Friend, I know life is hard. Boaz knew everything that Ruth did for Naomi, and God knows all that you’re doing in the lives of others. The baby is Ruth’s, but the joy is for the once broken-hearted despairing Naomi! But this isn’t just a story of a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law weathering the storm together; it’s a story of how God turned tragedy and bitterness into the savior of the world. I find the book of Ruth a very deeply moving account of how a broken-hearted and despairing lady finds healing in her hopelessness. She had chosen to come back, in all her bitterness. Ruth showed remarkable faith for such a young believer. … Ruth, the Moabitess, said to Naomi, "Let me now go into the fields and pick up the scattered heads of grain after him whose favor I should win." hopeful. As the broken and bereaved Naomi turns back for home, Ruth, her daughter in law, comes too. Ruth’s devotion to her mother-in-law is beautiful and inspiring. Previously, Sue was a specialist in English Literature and a vicar’s wife. Ruth expressed her loyalty to Naomi in a solemn vow, calling judgment upon herself if she ever left her ( Ruth 1:17 ). Ruth: Marries Boaz. The Book of Ruth Devotion Series focuses on four important lessons to be learned from the story of Naomi and Ruth. There’s so much more to the story, but the gist is that they traveled to Bethlehem. This was a vow of total commitment. Faith that there was still … Once in Judah, Ruth continues to live out her devotion to both Naomi and God. Ruth’s love and fidelity made her willing to follow Naomi’s questionable plan for their redemption (Ruth 3:1–11). In her no-hope, she was turning back to God. She loved Naomi and pledged to not forsake her, but to share Naomi’s destiny in Israel. I’ve believed in Him and loved him since I was 6–but what happened in my 20s made me question if He had forgotten me, or if He was even out there. The women of the village rejoice when Naomi’s first little grandson is born. The baby is Ruth’s, but the joy is for the once broken-hearted despairing Naomi! Three sick children–one that almost died three times–and two that had been diagnosed with a rare disease. Once Boaz is asleep, Ruth quietly tiptoes to where he is laying and uncovers his feet and lays down in the darkness. Sue’s an outdoors person, loves gardening, walking, and many creative things. Yes, God would have found another way. When we are in the realm of cleaving, be it between husband and wife, G-d and human, or in the case of Ruth, cleaving between two friends, we are in a realm of profound feeling and soulful potential. A husband on swing shift work. God is faithful–He won’t leave you. Then Ruth sets her plan in motion. Everything has fallen apart for me. I wonder what is going on. Be Full of Faith. If you haven’t read the story for ages, do read it again now! Naomi marries the two sons to local girls but then both her sons die. The book of Ruth is a love story, but it is far more than a romance. During that time, her husband died, and just ten years later, both of her sons died too. She and Richard, her husband, now live in Northumberland and enjoy a great family of 3 grown up kids and some grandkids. And God heard Naomi’s heart cry of despair when she was too upset and low even to articulate it. God is concerned about all people regardless of race, nationality, or status. Could Ruth have seen and experienced the love of God through Naomi? At her lowest place, she hears a rumour that there is food at home in Bethlehem. When she labored in the field, the workers noticed how hard she worked saying, she "hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house" (2:7). Although we leave Ruth at the end of this story, we … Picture this devotion for a moment. 7 So she set out from the place where she was with her two daughters-in-law, and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. This website is owned and operated by Ellel Ministries International. Ruth obeyed, married Boaz, and bore a son. This is a lady coming back to hope. 6 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the Lord had visited his people and given them food. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,"Isaiah‬ ‭61:1‬, ‭NIVUK‬‬‬‬‬‬. She can’t bear it. Naomi’s path wasn’t straight either. Ruth watches for her cue to set Naomi’s plan in action. Was he born pining? https://seedsofthekingdom.org/about-ellel-ministries.php { read more...}. And he can heal broken hearts. Later in the night, Boaz wakens because of a chill and realizes someone is lying at this feet. Isn’t that usually how it works? Then the women said to Naomi. And it was full of unbearable pain and grief. I’d heard the story many times growing up in church, but now–fresh in my suffering, I saw the words in a new light. She would abandon the gods of Moab, and Ruth and Naomi … “What’s the difference between hope and faith? This relationship between Naomi and Ruth is a beautiful one. This is a story of restoration and healing. To really understand the tremendous risk Ruth took by sticking with Naomi, we need to understand the relationship between the people of Israel and Moab. 3 Effective Ways to Teach Self-Care to Your Kids. Yet Boaz is not so quickly inclined to circumvent the Law. 12–13). Oh friend, He’s got something grand in store. Together, Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth would unravel their trauma and see with their own eyes that despite an insurmountable amount of pain, God did not withhold His faithfulness to them. But God didn’t hold back from Naomi because she was struggling. Naomi claims that God has dealt bitterly with her (Ru 1:20), but the story ends with the women recognizing God’s provision for her (Ru 4:14) 2. And that ‘grandson,’ Obed, became the father of Jesse, who became the father of David–whose genealogy ultimately leads to the savior of the world–Jesus. You can hear the animation in her voice as she tells Ruth: “Put on your best clothes, wash your hair, anoint yourself with the best oil you have, and the best perfumes”. But when her children got diagnosed with a rare disease and life-threatening food allergies, she had to put her dreams on hold to become a medical caretaker. Ruth promised to walk alongside her, to change nationalities, to worship God, and to do this for the rest of her life. Maybe you’re experiencing an unprecedented situation and it’s dried up your soul. Neighbors who take shots together... Wouldn’t you think that deep down inside Naomi would be happy to have a companion? What is beautiful is how the same women who Naomi told to call her Mara are the women at the end of the story who point Naomi to the faithfulness of God: This is why Jesus came. Naomi and her husband have two sons with strange names. No matter where you are, God is watching over you like Boaz watched over Ruth. When you lose faith and become bitter, look around. Ruth brings home actual blessing and the promise of a future to Naomi. Ruth the Moabite made a beautiful vow of commitment to her mother-in-law, Naomi. The importance of faithful love in human relationships among God's kingdom people is powerfully underscored. Was a baby sick or disabled from birth? Naomi had nothing left to her name and no way to provide for herself. In return, Naomi planted into Ruth’s life words of knowledge and wisdom. Have a look at Luke 4: 18-19. On the other side of your struggle is beauty. Naomi, a widow whose sons had also died, travels back to Bethlehem. Notice in verse 2, Naomi does not command Ruth to get out and work. Most every one of us are familiar with Ruth’s vow given in Ruth 1:16-17. (Read Ruth chapter 2.) Without the famine, with the death, without the bitterness, there would be no Jesus. I mean, what an awkward journey back to Israel that would have been. At the beginning of the book of Ruth, we find out that severe famine caused Naomi and her family to flee their land. • God can take care of your needs; you need not roam elsewhere. Ruth: Under Naomi's Instructions Claims from Boaz the Duty of a Kinsman Naomi actually stopped talking to Ruth when she realized Ruth wasn’t leaving. Who is pointing you towards God? Prayer: Father God, thank You that You made me for deep and safe relationship with You. The author focuses on Ruth's unswerving and selfless devotion to desolate Naomi (1:16-17; 2:11-12; 3:10; 4:15) and on Boaz's kindness to these two widows (chs. Look for a Ruth. If this is you today, you can turn to him and ask him to bring his deep healing. All of those tragedies lead to Ruth marrying Boaz, which lead to the lineage of the Savior. The famine is over. But what I also saw was a God who went before, a God who placed one person in Naomi’s life who would point her towards a life free from her bitterness. There, Ruth provided for them by gathering leftover barley from the fields. First, we see Ruth's initiative to care for her mother-in-law. But she wasn’t. By Naomi opening her heart and life to Ruth, welcoming her to come along to Bethlehem and work in the fields, Ruth met Boaz. This is a story of God’s healing and restoration. Not only did she become a surrogate grandmother–she also got to be his nanny. Now Naomi was related through her husband to Boaz, a very wealthy man of the family of Elimelech. Designed & Developed by SoloPine.com. Startled, he asks who it is. God has put her there. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I … Her passion is to see others coming into freedom in Christ in their personal lives. Naomi blames God for the loss of her two sons (Ru 1:21), but the book concludes with Ruth be… He knew, too, that Ruth had turned to the worship of Jehovah, for he said: “May Jehovah reward the way you act, and may there come to be a perfect wage for you from Jehovah the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.” During the period of the Judges, approximately 1200 BC, a famine in the region of Bethlehem persuaded a man named Elimelech to take his wife, Naomi, and their two sons to fertile fields in Moab. All Rights Reserved. Do things you, How to Dispose of an Expired or Used EpiPen, How to Read Food Labels for Food Allergies, Trusting God When Life Doesn’t Make Sense, What We Learn About the Christmas Story Through God’s Silence, 5 Bible Verses for Comfort in the Hard Times, For when God is Quiet: What We Learn About the Christmas Story Through God’s Silence, 5 Ways to Create a Morning Routine for Working Moms. Ruth wholeheartedly served Naomi. Ruth’s decision to cling to Naomi and step out in faith is just the beginning of her story. He holds out his arms of acceptance and love to those who turn towards him in their despair. “For wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you live, I will live; your people will be my people and your God will be my God.”. God can use her faith to carry you through. Things get worse. She ended up remarrying and having a child named Obed, and Naomi became the child’s nanny. Here, I share tools and resources to weather the storm gracefully + ways to create a full life amidst struggle--all from the backdrop of our favorite city in the world: Nashville, TN. God rewards this boldness. She was bold enough to step out in faith and approach Boaz at night in the middle of the threshing floor. Do things slowly. Likely Naomi had praised her beloved Ruth among the women of Bethlehem, and word had reached Boaz. In her own sorrow, Ruth must have been tempted to simply give up or to withdraw herself from society’s glares and judgment. Ruth: Her Devotion to Naomi. How did she come to make such a deep commitment? So what do you think God will do with your struggles? So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son. Exploring Ruth with the Factbook Jk mom—th, thankful. 8 But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her … Yeah, that happened too. . We’re not told. Because she was bold enough to follow Naomi’s instructions. Ruth desperately wraps her arms around Naomi and adamantly refuses to let go. Thanks for being a part of the community—we’re all in this together! 2 - 4). Honestly, it just seemed like ‘the good life’ was for other people, not for us. Yes, God can take death and bitterness and anger and turn them into something beautiful. You feel God in every step of the way as godly people get involved, and Naomi and Ruth are brought into a new family. Call me ‘Mara’ (bitter). This is a story of God’s healing and restoration. Ruth was not a Jew. What do Boundaries have to do with Self-Care? I saw my very own heart in the verses on the page. It is inspiring to read the contrast of Ruth's faith to that of the Israel of her time. Orpah then said goodbye, but Ruth was not persuaded to leave Naomi. Ruth exhibited faithfulness, respect, devotion, love, friendship and humility. From Naomi, … There, Ruth provided for them by gathering leftover barley from the fields. God can use it, too. Sue Griffiths Sue found deep inner healing through the teaching and ministry at Ellel ministries and is now part of the associate ministry team at Ellel Grange. Ruth made a commitment to follow Naomi’s God as well ( Ruth 1:16 ). He lifts up the broken-hearted, those who have been hit hard by the sledge hammer of life events and wrong choices. Don’t call me ‘Naomi’ (pleasant), she begs. She is beginning to take the initiative for her daughter in law’s welfare. So bitter in fact, that she really believed God’s hand was against her. **To download a PDF version of this devotional about Ruth and Naomi with a reflection workbook page, click the ‘download’ button below: Want to read more devotionals? Registered office Ellel Grange, Bay Horse, Lancaster, LA2 0HN, United Kingdom. Provided full acknowledgement is made to Seeds of the Kingdom as the source, you are also welcome to use it in a non-commercial way and reproduce it in magazines or other Christian websites. Ruth’s devotion to Naomi and Boaz’ devotion to Ruth provide two compelling portraits of love among the people of God. The copyright for any commercial use of the material remains with Ellel Ministries International. 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