Read the book of Ruth.
She was a Moabite. She lived her own way apart from God and oblivious to Him. She thought life was fine.
A Different Life
She meets this guy from Judah, a man of God. Something is different about him and his family. She marries him.
Conflict and Decision
Her father-in-law dies. Then her husband dies too. Now her mother-in-law is trying to making her go back to her own family and her old way of life. She decides to go wherever Naomi goes.
She accepts Naomi’s God as her own. She serves Naomi. She is a companion, friend, daughter and servant to Naomi.
The two travel back to Jerusalem, where Naomi is well known. It’s harvest time, so Ruth goes to glean grain for food. She happens across Boaz’ field. He is a close relative of Naomi.
Naomi is excited to hear about Boaz. He can be their redeemer to buy back their land and provide for them. But there is another relative even closer than Boaz.
The closer relative declines the offer to be the redeemer for fear of losing his own inheritance.
Boaz steps up, redeems the land and marries Ruth. Ruth and Naomi are cared for again.
Father, thank you for calling us out of sin, showing us a different life, giving us opportunity to turn, and allowing us to serve others. Thank you for your provision, redemption in Jesus, our inheritance in you. Thank you for saving us from a life apart from you. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.