Faithfulness. Scripture, reflection and prayer
Ruth 1:16-18 NIV
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.” When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.
In wedding ceremonies couples make promises that it will only be death that will part them. In this passage we read that Ruth swore that even in death she would not be separated from Naomi. In the story, things have gone very sour for Naomi and most around her leave. Ruth will not desert her even though Naomi herself urged her to do so. Ruth knew better. She stayed with her. And not to the bitter end, because the end was not bitter. You may not realise it, but this is a key event in our salvation story. Naomi gleans in the field of Boaz. Ruth marries Boaz and they have a son called Obed, who has a child called Jesse. Jesse is the father of King David...and Jesus is from the line of David. Makes you think a bit doesn't it. Stick with being faithful to people!
Lord Jesus, may we remain as faithful to you as Ruth was to Naomi. We know that death will not part us from you. Amen