Today, we kick off a new devotional series in the book of Ruth. Ruth sits between the book of Judges and 1 Samuel.
We pick up the narrative of Ruth during the time of the judges in the Old Testament. Israel did not have a king like some of the neighboring nations.
We are still a bit of time away from the first king of Israel, so the judges were put in place by God to guide and lead the people.
Some of the famous judges included Samson, Gideon, and Deborah.
As we prepare for Christmas, we begin to trace the lineage of Jesus, and the path travels through the line of Ruth through a man named Boaz.
But, I am jumping ahead of myself.
Let’s jump into the story.
When the judges ruled, a man and his family (Elimelek, Naomi, and two sons) fled famine and settled in the land of Moab.
Here the sons met and married Moabite women, one of whom was Ruth.
Over a period of ten years, Naomi’s husband and sons died, causing them to make a change.
Naomi encouraged her daughter-in-law’s to head back to their homeland and find new husbands because they were still young.
Ruth, however, told Naomi – I will go wherever you go. So, Naomi and Ruth packed their beds and headed to Bethlehem.
When they arrived Naomi changed her name due to the hardship she had suffered.
The passage concludes with,
“So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning.”2 Timothy 4:7
As the passage concludes, a bit of foreshadowing occurs around the harvest.
Ruth did the honorable thing and stayed with her mother-in-law, even though she did not need to do it.
For us, when we are faced with a challenge that requires us to choose between disrespect and respect (honor), we should choose to honor the person or situation as hard as it may be.
We should be truthful in our interactions, and that will help lead to an honorable decision.
Today, let your words be sprinkled with grace and respect.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the example of Ruth and the honor she brought to Naomi. Please help our interactions and words to be sprinkled with grace and respect today. Amen!