- Ruth 1:16, 17 (ESV)
Ruth was a Moabite (1:4). She married a Hebrew. After about ten years of marriage, Ruth’s husband died (1:4, 5). When given the chance to remain in her homeland, Ruth chose to journey back Judah with her mother-in-law, Naomi. In making this choice, Ruth chose to leave her culture, people and false god’s. Rather, Ruth chose the God of Abraham (1:15-17).
The events of the book of Ruth take place during the times when the judges ruled (1:1). This time period is characterized by darkness and national rebellion against God. But in the midst of darkness, there is light. Ruth reminds us how God still works in and among people even in the worst of times.
God got a hold of Ruth’s heart and took her as His own. The Moabite woman chose God because He called her (John 6:65). God made Ruth a light that pierced the darkness of the time of the judges.
We live in an evil generation today. The church today may become tempted to forget that God still calls people today. We must not give up on proclaiming the gospel. We must not cease to trust that Jesus Christ can reach the unreachable and can change anyone.
How do you view unsaved people? Do you view them with a righteous indignation? Be careful that you do not become cynical and self-righteous like a Pharisee.
If I may suggest, please begin seeing a potential in unsaved people. See them as who they could be if Jesus Christ got a hold of their hearts.
- Pastor Randy