Where You Go… I Will Go!

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Following Jesus will take you in many directions!  Staying focused on Him is the only way we will ever know how to GO where He desires to take our lives!

I’ve been reading the book of Ruth lately.  It is the story about Naomi who was married to Elimelek.  Together they have two sons, Mahlon and Kilion.  Elimelek died leaving Naomi with her two sons who both married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth.  After they had lived there about ten years, both Mahlon and Kilion died, leaving Naomi without her two sons and her husband.  Far from the life she had planned in her own mind I’m sure.  Naomi encouraged her two daughters-in-laws to go back to their mother’s house.  Interestingly, Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye while Ruth clung to her.  I’m totally guessing, but I can’t help but think that maybe Ruth is so grief stricken over the loss of her husband that she finds comfort and solace remaining with the mother of her deceased husband.  Perhaps it makes her feel as though she still has a part of him by remaining with Ruth, I don’t know…  However, in the next passage, Ruth makes mention of “your God will be my God.”  Perhaps Naomi’s great faith is playing a major role in leading Ruth to God during this tragic time of grief.  Lot’s to ponder…

Ruth 1:16-17

But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you.  Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.  Your people will be my people and your God my God.  Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.  May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”

Of course there is a lot more to this story…

They went back to Bethlehem, Naomi desires to be called Mara (bitter), and then Ruth meets Boaz in the grain field eventually leading to Boaz marrying Ruth.  You’ll have to read the entire book of Ruth to get the full picture if you haven’t already.  Good stuff!

Ruth’s decision to remain with Naomi led her into God’s divine plan for her life.  She ended up married to Boaz who just so happens to be the son of Rahab.  Did I mention she was a prostitute?  It’s true!

Get this… Boaz (son of said prostitute) would marry a faithful woman, Ruth and from their lineage would come Christ Himself!

When life seems to get a little crazy and it certainly can at times, know that God has a plan and following His plan may look like the arrows are pointing in all different directions.  Remain faithful as Ruth did and rest assured that God’s plan will most certainly fulfill a Kingdom purpose!  God has a way of bringing beauty out of brokenness every single time!

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  1. Posted October 14, 2015 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    THANK YOU!!!! I SO NEEDED THAT AT THIS TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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