Ruth 1:15-17, “15 And she said, “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said: “ Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. 17 Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.”
I find Ruth to represent a new believer or a believer who has been awakened to God’s call. Ruth was in no better situation to that of Naomi and Orpah, however, we see a different spirit in her. Her attitude towards life was not based on where she came from, or what happened to her, or even what her future held. Her attitude was based on the fact that she was getting to learn about this amazing Lord she had come to know through Naomi and she couldn’t wait to see where it all started. Naomi tried to discourage her to go back to her gods, to her people, go back to her old ways. Nothing could sway or discourage her to go back, if anything, Naomi a wounded woman of faith, needed another woman of faith. I have seen new believers who were vibrant in their walk with the Lord than some who have served for a while.
Ruth clave unto her; hung about her, would not part from her, but cleaved unto her in body and mind; forsaking her own people, and her father’s house; neither the thought of them, nor of her native country, nor of not having an husband, or any likelihood of it, nor of poverty and distress, had any manner of influence upon her, but determined (resolved) she was to go and abide with her.
What drove Ruth to want to hang on at crossroads? from Naomi’s character she concludes certainly that her great Nation was a wise and an understanding people. She judges them all by her good mother who wherever she went, was credit to her country (as all those should study to be who profess relation to the better country, that is, the heavenly), and therefore she will think herself happy if she may be reckoned one of them. Psalm 34:8, “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him”
Are you seeing the true picture of life of a Christian here who come to serve God because He is worthy and not because of what God can do for them? Jesus said , “Come Follow Me! Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, take my yoke upon you”. The call is to yoke yourselves to the sovereign will and purpose of Christ. Now, therefore His people are people that have heard His call, it’s been a call from something, to something. It’s been a call from self-will, from ruling one’s own life, from living to please one’s self to gratify one’s self. Living under the government and direction of one’s own whim and fancy, to an entirely new government; no longer I but thy, not my will but thy will be done. This is a life that has resolved to come and follow. This is a life of one who has come not for personal gain.
At crossroads, Ruth resolved to go wherever Naomi would go. She resolved to lodge wherever Naomi would lodge. She resolved that Naomi’s people will be her people; She resolved that Naomi’s God will be her God; she resolved that where Naomi would die, there shall she also die, and she resolved that where Naomi would be buried, there shall she also be buried. Now that is the kind of commitment the Lord is looking for from those whom He has called to follow Him. Jesus said in Luke 9:62, “… “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
“A soul that is truly brought to Christ affectionately loves Him, and heartily cleaves unto him, resolves in the strength of divine grace to follow him, the Lamb, whithersoever he goes or directs; and is desirous to have communion with none but him, and that he also would not be as a wayfaring man, that tarries but a night; his people are the excellent of the earth, whom to converse with is all his delight and pleasure; and Christ’s God is his God, and his Father is his Father: and, in a word, he determines to have no other Saviour but him, and to walk in all his commands and ordinances” John Gill`
Romans 8:35-39,” 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”, At crossroads like Ruth, would we resolve Romans 8:35-39? Blessings Ev