Anything worth having requires something of you.
As was the case with many Bible characters, a God encounter is mandatory to the establishment of a new and better life. Merely wishing for a new future won’t make it happen.
Ruth understood that her future success depended on her ability to let go of her past. She had to deliberately turn and depart from it―going with Naomi in disregard of her mother-in-law’s selfless plea that she return to her own people.
Ruth desired a new future, a good future. She most likely sensed that Naomi, for all the older woman’s emptiness, had something that she didn’t. Even in mourning, Naomi was able to reveal to Ruth, that God had done something in her life―and Ruth wanted what Naomi had.
When Ruth confronted Naomi with “your God shall be my God,” she revealed her willingness to turn her back on her past to secure a better future. She understood that this would be found through her continuing relationship with Naomi.
Are you willing to turn from your past? Turn from a life of emptiness, to follow Jesus — who can give you a good future, one full of promise?
Ruth eventually married Boaz. Boaz was good, gentle, and loving. He redeemed Ruth. Jesus is good, gentle, and loving, and He waits to redeem you back to the Father. Will you respond to His free gift to you? Will you become part of the Family of God by letting go of your past and accepting Jesus?
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