Choices we make in life

While on a US Army troop ship from New York to Germany. I heard an announcement that there was a protestant service in one of the lower compartments of the ship. My first reaction was, who would want to go to some kind of a religious service on a beautiful day like this? However, in a few more … More

Choices

Ruth was not from the children of Israel but from one of the heathen nations, the Moabites. God had commanded His people to have nothing to do with this nation because of their sinfulness (Deut. 7:3, 23:3). Ruth grew up in Moab and she knew nothing about living for God, instead she worshiped idols. One day a new family moved into her village (vv. 1-2). The father and mother of this family have 2 sons (Mahlon and Chilion). Ruth learned that they had come from Bethlehem in the land of Canaan. She learned that this family had come because there was a famine in their land. Perhaps Naomi, the mother, had told Ruth why they did not worship their gods but the true and living God.

One day, Elimelech, the father in the home died and Naomi was very sad (v. 3). Later Ruth married one of the boys in the family and the other son also married a girl from Moab whose name was Orpah (v. 4). Ten years later, both of Naomi’s sons died (v. 5). Naomi began to think about her old home and how she’d like to go back to Bethlehem (vv. 6-7). She told Orpah and Ruth her plans. When the day came for her to start back Ruth and Orpah went with her a little way (vv. 8-9). Their hearts must have been sad for they loved her very much (vv. 10-13). Then Naomi told them “It is time for you to go back. You are young and you will marry again. Go back to your people.” Orpah kissed Naomi and started back to her home but Ruth clung to her mother-in-law (v. 14).

Application

Ruth makes a choice. She gave up her family, her home and even her country. Because of her choice she will reap results from it.  Am I making selfish choices or choices that put God first in my life?

Ruth 1:1-14 (English Standard Version)

In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years, and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband. Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the LORD had visited his people and given them food. So she set out from the place where she was with her two daughters-in-law, and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, "Go, return each of you to her mother's house. May the LORD deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. The LORD grant that you may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband!" Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. And they said to her, "No, we will return with you to your people." But Naomi said, "Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? Turn back, my daughters; go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a husband this night and should bear sons, would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the LORD has gone out against me." Then they lifted up their voices and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

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