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Which Road Are You Taking?

By Rena Beadle

Rena Beadle

Ruth 1:16 states, 'But Ruth replied, "Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.'"  Suddenly, Ruth, her sister-in-law and mother-in-law, Naomi, were widows.  As grief enveloped them, Ruth saw Naomi make a decision – to return to her homeland and reclaim her inheritance.  In the middle of disaster, God showed her where to go.  While the other sister-in-law remained with her people, the Moabites, Ruth knew that wherever Naomi was going, she somehow KNEW it was the place of blessing.  Perhaps it was because of that peace that 'surpasses all  understanding' that permeated Naomi's character.  Maybe it was the strength she walked in that only Heaven could provide.  Ruth wanted that same HOPE that Naomi had in the God of Israel.  The Moabite people were known for their many idols.  Leaving her life behind, meant letting go of all her man-made, non-speaking, unemotional gods.  She CHOSE to venture towards a God she could not see with human eyes, but knew existed in the heart of Naomi.   

Who Are We Following? 

Materialism?  Position?  Jealousy?  The Past?  Fear? 

When Ruth responded to Naomi's journey, God's supernatural plan unfolded before her very eyes.  Soon after they entered their homeland, a man named Boaz learned of their situation. Ruth 2:11-12 goes on to say, 'Boaz replied, "I've been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge." Boaz married Ruth and returned Naomi's land to her.  I would think that was good enough - ...Wealthy man finds a beautiful woman, and they all live happily ever after!  Right?   

There’s More to this Story…. 

JESUS came through the ancestral line of Boaz and Ruth!  Just think if she had stayed home.  I am thankful for her obedience. And yours.   

Love, Rena Beadle