Read Ruth 1
There was a famine in the land, so Elimelech and Naomi moved to Moab to provide and protect his family. We don’t know whether this was hisown will or God’s will.
While in the foreign land, Elimelech dies leaving Naomi in a worse state than before the move. Now she’s on her own with her two sons who both married women from Moab. But then both her sons die also.
Naomi heard the Lord visited His people by giving them bread, so she decides to return to land of Judah. She tells her daughter-and-lawsto return to their own family. Oprah leaves. But Ruth stays with Naomi.
Ruth declares “your God will be my God, your landwill be my land” and the two head back to Judah. Ruth committed her life to Naomi’s God and to Naomi herself. Ruth sacrifices her own comfort, support,and family so she would be able to comfort, supportand encourage Naomi along the way.
When they arrive, the whole city was excited to see Naomi. Naomi says call me Mara for the Almighty dealt bitterly with me. I went out full and came back empty. But it happened to be the beginning of barleyharvest when they got there, which shows you how God provides.
Father God above, how great you are. Even if we take a wrong turn you graciously receive us back. Thank you for bringing others into lives to encourage us when we go off course. Thank you for providing for us every step of the way. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
© Elizabeth Marks, founder ThinkOnIt Bible Ministries Inc, a 501(c) (3) Public Charity, has a heart to encourage and equip you with God’s Word.