If you’ve ever searched for some of the Bible’s most intriguing tales, you probably came across the story of Ruth.
She was a Moabite, a widow, and was looked down upon because of her gender. Braving the nasty comments and cruel treatment she received, God still moved so mightily in her story and used it to encourage millions of other people.
No matter your age or season in life, there is so much wisdom to learn from the lessons that unfold as we learn more about this Godly woman.
Lead a life of service:
Despite having lost her own husband, Ruth continued to care for her mother-in-law Naomi and never left her side. She could’ve easily decided to move on with her life, given that her husband was gone. Instead she selflessly chose to stay back and care for his mother.
Ruth’s service to Naomi paid off eventually, as she was the one who finally led her to her soulmate Boaz.
Upon reaching their new home, Ruth decided to get straight to work. She didn’t care if she lived in a new town with new people, she still wanted to take care of her mother-in-law Naomi. She also decided to glean in a nearby field and follow the harvesters.
Luckily for her, her work ethic did not go unnoticed. A foreman spoke about her labor to Boaz shortly after his notice of her: “She’s been at it steady ever since, from early morning until now, without so much as a break.” (Ruth 2:7)
Understand that it’s okay to take charge
Sometimes, your luck in life could only come when you make the first move.
Naomi believed Boaz would be the guardian-redeemer in her family line, so she advised Ruth to dress up in her best clothes and perfume and reach out to Boaz. Ruth did just that, and informed Boaz of her interest by lying at his feet after he had fallen asleep. When he woke up and asked what she was doing she stated, “I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer of our family.” (Ruth 3:9)
Believe that redemption is always possible
Against all odds redemption, remember that is always possible. Ruth had no reason to believe that she was in a position to earn anything, but she still believed that God was all she needed. She entrusted God with her life and believed that He would provide. And in that vulnerable place of faith, God did a miraculous work and redeemed her.
No matter what your season may be, remember that God is weaving a beautiful tapestry in your life. If you find yourself discouraged on this journey, take another look at the life of Ruth and remember that God works for the good of His people.