The story of Ruth, oh how I love it!
The story begins with Naomi and her husband leaving Bethlehem (literal translation from Hebrew means the ‘House of Bread’. How can we, as New Testament believers relate to this? Jesus is our Bread of LIFE (John 6:35). Symbolically they left the presence of God to go search for a better life. They lost everything being apart from God. Too many compromises were made (for instance, Naomi’s sons took Moabite women in marriage, which were famous for leading Jewish men away from faith). At times we too may find ourselves
walking away from the Source of our life, from the Living Bread and find ourselves lonely, desperate and hungry in this season. Naomi was left with nothing. The only solution she had was to go back where she started and that’s back home, the ‘House of Bread’.
As I read Naomi’s urging to her daughters-in-law about leaving her alone, one thing struck me the most; Orpah went back weeping, but Ruth went forward weeping. WOW! This blessed me so much! She made a choice to move forward, crying, broken hearted, but she made a choice to keep walking towards the hope one step at a time. We either go back weeping to the old life, or we keep walking forward to the “House of Bread”. I would like to encourage you today – keep walking, sister. Keep walking towards God no matter how much it hurts! At least with God we have a sure promise in Psalm 126:5 “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.” There is JOY at the end! WEEP FORWARD! Psalm 30:5 says “Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning”…… Weeping is not a bad thing, God hears your weeping and He sees your tears. Weeping forward reveals a tremendous strength!
The journey home for Naomi and Ruth is such a tender moment. I’d like to hear their conversations on the way home, I’d like to hear Naomi’s stories and Ruth’s questions as both of their hearts were rekindled with hope on this journey. Naomi is going back to God; Ruth is going to God for the first time. Both are equally loved by God and welcomed home with the opened arms.
Naomi learned from her personal mistakes and hurts that life apart from God is not worth the pain, Ruth has learned it from Naomi. Wherever you are today, there is a “Bethlehem” that is waiting for us to come home and feast on His goodness and love.
Once they arrived in Bethlehem we find Ruth in the fields gleaning a little at a time. May I suggest to you that the field is a spiritual picture of the Word of God to us today? Ruth started in the field just gleaning a little bit at a time and each time she found more and more there. When we read the Word the same happens, we have to start somewhere, start getting a little at a time and allow God to speak to you. Ruth met Boaz right there in the middle of the field. I encourage you to read the entire story and you will find out how Boaz became Ruth’s kinsman redeemer. Their love story is absolutely breathtaking!
Boaz represents Jesus and His work in our life. Sister! When we read the Word of God, Jesus wants to meet us right there on the pages of the Holy Script! He wants to speak to us, He wants to provide for us, comfort us and wipe away our tears. If Boaz did this for Ruth, how much more does Jesus desire the same for us?
I don’t know where you are today, but this I know, your Redeemer wants to meet with you in the fields of His Word! Keep your eyes on Him, don’t stop walking, He is Faithful and Loyal and He is committed to you! You are greatly loved!