Where You Lead

The book of Ruth is about a fantastic journey of love, loss, hope, renewed strength, sacrifice, and redemption. After the passing of Naomi’s husband and two sons she was left with two daughter in laws. She has no other sons for them to marry and no way to support them. The decision was made to return to her homeland and send her daughter in laws back to their homes. After much coaxing Orpah went, but Ruth refused. “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the Lord do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.” (NASB Ruth 1:16-17)

In difficult times, when we walk through dark valleys or down shadowed pathways, it is hard to see past the here and now. Yet, the perseverance and determination of Ruth took her on a journey of healing and hope. She married Boaz and bore the grandfather of King David. A Moabite Immigrant became part of the lineage of Jesus.

So today, may you see light at the end of your darkened pathways and when God leads may you follow without reservation. May your prayer today be that of Ruth’s: where you go God, I shall go. Your people shall be my people and you shall be my God.

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