Ruth and Naomi leave Moab
The story of Ruth is a lovely story of a lovely woman. A thousand years earlier Abraham had been called by God to found a nation for the purpose of one day bringing a Savior to the world. In the story of Ruth, we have the founding of a family within that nation of which the Savior would come. Ruth was the great-grandmother of King David.
Ruth serves as an example of fidelity and faithfulness. The story of Ruth reminds us that the Lord continues to guide, direct and order our days, even if we don’t always see it. Ruth, one of Naomi’s daughters-in-law, chose to leave her own Moabite people and return to Judah with Naomi. She did this because she loved and had devoted herself to Naomi. Ruth’s prospects didn’t look bright. She was very unlikely, as a foreigner, to find a husband in Judah. She was even more unlikely to find work to support herself and her aging mother-in-law. But as it turned out, she found herself working in a field belonging to Boaz. Only God could have arranged all this. It ‘just so happened’ that Ruth had the opportunity to glean the fields (pick up leftover grain). God had arranged this long before. God had given certain laws to Israel that required landowners to allow the poor to glean their fields. (See Leviticus 23:22.) Because God crossed the paths of Ruth and Boaz at just the right time, Ruth was given a hope and a future.
Ruth’s life story reminds us that the Lord continues to watch over us and directs our life. We might not always understand where we are going but He is the one who has promised to give direction in the way we should go.
Lord God, You have called Your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untreodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that Your hand is leading us and Your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Schnorr von Carolsfeld Woodcut used with permission © WELS
Halley’s Bible Handbook An Abbreviated Bible Commentary Twenty-Third Edition, © 1962 Zondervan Grand Rapids
Collect for guidance in our calling, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis