Scripture: Ruth 4:9-16 Then Boaz announced to the elders and all the people, “Today you are witnesses that I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelek, Kilion and Mahlon. I have also acquired Ruth the Moabite, Mahlon’s widow, as my wife, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property, so that his name will not disappear from among his family or from his hometown. Today you are witnesses!” Then the elders and all the people at the gate said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the family of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. Through the offspring the Lord gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah.” Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.” Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
Devotional: Because Ruth decided to stay with her mother-in-law Naomi, and remain faithful to the God of Israel who she had come to know, we see in today’s passage how God blessed her by giving her offspring. And not just any offspring. She became part of the line of David, who ultimately was in the lineage of Jesus. This is unprecedented, because Ruth was initially a Gentile. She is evidence of God’s extravagant grace, and His heart to redeem any who would come to Him in faithfulness and full commitment.
Ruth stayed, and her story continues to be told even in our generation. How powerful!
You have no idea how your decision to stay- stay in a situation where you are being faithful to God- might ultimately impact your story. Perhaps today God is calling you to:
- Stay in a difficult marriage
- Stay in a job where you are struggling
- Stay faithful to God even though you’re mad at Him or don’t understand what has happened to you.
- If you’re struggling with a stay or go situation in your life right now, what do you sense God might most want you to want?