But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.” — Ruth 1: 16
We remain with the Lord and thus dare to pursue our future path in faith. The widow Naomi wanted to leave the land of the Moabites in order to return to the protective environment of her Jewish family. She thus told her two daughters-in-law, who had also been widowed, to likewise return to their families. Ruth did not agree with this idea. She wanted to remain with Naomi. Ruth no longer identified with her own Moabite people, and decided instead for the people of Israel and their God, who would now be her God too. With this decision, however, she gave up not only the protection her own family would have afforded her, but also her means of living. Ruth’s decisiveness is to be an example to us such that we too remain with God.
Let us remain with the Lord, even if:
- Things are not always perfect in His house.
- We find ourselves in situations at times that we do not understand.
- We feel as though the Lord has abandoned us at times.
Disappointment and sadness will not cause us to leave. With the Lord we will dare to pursue our future path.