The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth.
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Yet, God moves so mightily in her story and uses it to encourage millions. What you do see is her life being gradually led by a God who she believed in, and at the end, you can look back and see how He orchestrated natural events for His divine glory. There are many things we could learn from her story but five, in particular, are worth mentioning.
At the beginning of the book Ruth is living in her home nation of Moab; a place and people that the Israelites frowned down upon. On top of that, she has lost her husband and is now living with her widowed mother-in-law. She also lost her husband without a child, some believing she may have barren. The pain Ruth must have been in was immense. As she embarked on her first journey to Israel, she must have been nervous.
Ruth had so many reasons to shrink into a shell and live in obscurity. You have a purpose regardless of what lies behind you. Although your confidence might be wavering, your calling does not.
Ruth showed remarkable faith for such a young believer. Faith that there was still a purpose for her ahead. Faith to believe that God was who He said He was. And faith to believe that God would provide for her and Naomi. Character is who you are when nobody's watching. Ruth had no idea her story would be showcased for millions to read and yet showed incredible character in the obscurity.
Introduction to the Book of Ruth
She went above and beyond in showing respect and honor to her bitter mother-in-law. She worked hard in the field to provide food for her and Naomi. Ruth proved to be a woman of integrity with Boaz. Everything she did represented a woman of great character and God honored her. Be a woman of character.
Cut the gossip in the name of a prayer request. Share with your husband the shopping addiction you find yourself in. Stop relying on food to make you feel better. Be the woman you know God created you to be and Jesus died so you could embrace. Against all odds redemption is always possible.
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Ruth had no reason to believe she had earned anything but believed God was everything she needed. Ruth believed God would provide and in that place of faith God did a miraculous work to redeem Ruth. And they went to Moab and lived there.
5 Lessons Women Can Learn from Ruth
May the Lord show you kindness, as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands and to me. Why would you come with me?
Am I going to have any more sons, who could become your husbands? Would you remain unmarried for them? Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her.
Go back with her. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.
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