By Jerjuanna Cecille
“Where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you."
These were the words that a 15 year old Jerjuanna spoke as she played the part of Ruth in one of many of her church’s bible skits! Little did I know, these words would teach me lesson after lesson as the years past.
I love the book of RUTH! I’m high key a hopeless romantic so that was the first reason why I read the book. (I have even watched the TVOne movie of the book and it is GREAT!!) Yet, the more I study it’s words, the more I see love played out in so many different ways!
Ruth, a Moabite by nationality, a woman by way of who God created her. She was a Gentile! Who decided to follow the God of Israel.
Many times in studying the book of Ruth we get so caught up in “#IWantABOAZ”, that we miss so many things that drew Boaz to Ruth. Her character, commitment, and boldness are just a few things that sparked Boaz’s eye towards Ruth.
Wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people: This was an honorable, even outstanding - friend-to-friend commitment. But Ruth's commitment to Naomi went even further: And your God, will be my God. This was more than just a change of school or job! Ruth was willing to forsake the Moabite gods she grew up with and embrace the God of Israel. She was deciding to follow the LORD. This Gentile woman, once far from God, had drawn near to Him.
What draws me over and over to the book of Ruth is not that she got a man or a bae, it is the things that she did throughout this short book that points me to the cross and not my flesh! Ruth did not just talk the talk, she walked it! She did not allow her feelings to prove her actions but her actions prove the commitment and true intent of her feelings.
Some are content with feeling Christian feelings - with feeling a love for God, with feeling a love for His Word, with feeling a love for His people all of that is great but what will you do?
Sis, many times we get caught up and taken away by our feelings, then there are times where we are bound or stagnant because of the lack of feelings.
What will you do?
There comes a place in our following after God where it comes down to doing. Orpah and Ruth felt the same feelings, they had endured the same experience of death and being pushed away but Ruth did differently than Orpah.
And aren’t we glad that God didn't just feel His love for us; instead, For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son.
That God proves His love for us in this, yet while we were sinners Christ died for us.