It is easy to believe that today is our life forever. We start to believe that nothing will change, that this is now the “New Normal”. Let us keep this in mind, tomorrow will not be like today, and yesterday is not returning. What guides your decision process? Have you built a foundation on faith or fear?
I started this blog “Basic Bible Thoughts” when I was furloughed in March of 2020 and found myself with plenty of time. I asked God, “What can I do that will reflect Christ, beyond my current circle of influence?” A blog that reaches beyond my local church brought fear because I am not a particularly good writer; you do not have to look awfully hard to see the errors in my grammar and spelling. The thought came to stop when I started back to work. Fear of failure and time challenges bring doubts, you see today tells me to stop, but today is NOT Forever!
Ruth 1: 1 ESV
In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab.
Naomi’s husband was looking at forever from today’s situation of a famine in the land. The decision was made, so they moved to Moab in hopes of a better life. He had heard that the land was good for crops and he could make a living for his family, so they left everything.
Ruth 1: 3-5 ESV
Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.
Naomi lives 10 years in Moab with so much pain and loss. These three women would bond over the tragedies in their life. Naomi had left a life of temporary famine, with a husband and two sons, only to find pain and hopelessness. Naomi’s today meant a forever life full of distress, pain, and struggle.
Ruth 1: 7-9 ESV
With her two daughters-in-law she left the place where she had been living and set out on the road that would take them back to the land of Judah. Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the LORD show you kindness, as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands and to me. May the LORD grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.” Then she kissed them goodbye and they wept aloud
When we are faced with pain and hurt, with challenges and struggles, we just want things to go back to the way they were. We forget why we left the old normal, it was not working.
Ruth 1: 12-13 ESV
Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me—even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons— would you wait until they grew up? Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you, because the LORD’s hand has turned against me!”
Her today was full of darkness, to the point of believing that the Lord’s hand was against her. Orpah, went back to her family sensing that Naomi was right, forever was not worth the risk.
Ruth 1: 16-17a
But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.
Ruth saw past today; she saw beyond the pain in Naomi’s life. Ruth remembered the stories that she was told of Naomi’s God and believed that forever is better when He is involved.
Ruth 2: 1
Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side, a man of standing from the clan of Elimelek, whose name was Boaz.
Boaz is a relative of Elimelek, Naomi’s deceased husband. In the time that Naomi is gone, a relative of her husband has done well for himself and can provide the needed safety that Naomi is longing for.
Ruth 2: 22-23
Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, “It will be good for you, my daughter, to go with the women who work for him, because in someone else’s field you might be harmed.” So Ruth stayed close to the women of Boaz to glean until the barley and wheat harvests were finished. And she lived with her mother-in-law.
Take the time to read through this beautiful love story found in the book of Ruth. The story of Ruth and Naomi is all about God’s love and redemption plan for his people. (Spoiler Alert) Boaz marries Ruth and they have a child. Ruth becomes the Great-Grandmother of King David.
Here we have a Moabite Woman, what she knows of God and the Jewish culture is taught to her by her Mother-in-law. Her claim to fame comes from a moment when she believed in a woman who was broken, hurt, and living in the challenges of today. Ruth’s today meant that her forever would stand on the foundation of this statement, “Where you go, I will go, where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God will be my God!”
What are the challenges or pain that is the headline of your today? Give it to God and allow Him to be God in your life. Go where He goes, stay where He stays, and your forever will be better when He is involved.