Why was Ruth insisting that she go along with her mother-in-law or continue to live with her?
What do you think of Orpah?
Ruth obviously had a close relationship with Naomi and loved her dearly. Also, it's very apparent as well that Naomi taught Ruth ("Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God") the ways of her faith since Ruth, despite not having an Israelite heritage assimilated very quickly in Naomi's homeland. I believe that Naomi's life and dedication to God made such an impact on Ruth that she saw life with God's chosen people as the only way that made sense in moving her life forward. Even Orpah was reluctant but her traditions had a greater hold and therefore she returned to the way of life she knew.
Ruth was the lady who clung to her destiny. She inherited a family by marriage. The family line was no ordinary one for out of it came Jesus (Matthew 1:5).
Ruth was born a Moabite (or Gentile) yet her faithfulness led her to a greater inheritance. She clung unto that which was good. Neither circumstances nor things past were able to hinder her from laying hold of that which was more precious.
Ruth's life is a picture of the born-again Christian. We are born again by faith. We all have to make a choice to walk with God. Do you cherish what you have inherited in Christ more than the world and all it has to offer?
In closing let me drop in a word about Orpah. She acted in wisdom as far as the secular world was concerned. There was no earthly wisdom in following her mother in law back to Bethlehem.
She probably had a good life, not knowing what she had missed.
When we make choices in isolation of God's counsel we lose out. Many times we are not even aware of what we have lost.
Only heaven will reveal what ministeries were aborted and callings that went unheeded because of the wrong decisions that had been made earlier along the way.
Her life glows of grace and hope. Her trip down to Moab might have been a mistake but her gratitude to Ruth soon restored her past failings with God's grace.
Learning to be thankful for the things God has blessed us with can only lead to more blessings. God loves a thankful heart.
Naomi, Ruth and Orpah. Which one do you want to be?
will also be writing about RUTH in my next Hub.. God Bless
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