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And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law. Ruth 1: 15

Naomi used persuasion to prove Ruth and Orpah, her daughters-in-law, who witnessed the tragedy in her life: the death of her two sons and her husband. They had left the house of Bread to wander in Moab. The family did not wait for the time that God would visit Israel, giving them good harvests, and went out in search of better conditions, but Naomi returned with nothing (Ruth 1:21).

Naomi advised her daughters-in-law to return to their parents’ house and marry again. By accepting this recommendation, Orpah despised the divine plan. She thought only of the things of the world. However, being with God is better than the most beautiful and commented marriage. When she returned, Orpah turned her back on what the Most High had prepared for her. With that, she was submerged in the normality of the daily life and her name was never heard of again.

When she saw that Orpah had returned, but Ruth did not, Naomi pressed her daughter-in-law so that she too would leave. However, in mentioning that she should return to her ancient gods, Ruth asked her mother-in-law not to urge her to leave her, because her decision was deeper than those weak and meaningless arguments. She had adopted the Lord as her God and would not change her mind.

Both daughters-in-law faced two tests. In the second, Orpah chose to go back, but Ruth remained and moved on to the third challenge. Now, hearing that she should return to her gods, she felt like a fire in her heart and declared that she would never do that. Surely God also tests us to show whether we are taking the Gospel seriously or if we only want to be healed and free from oppression.

The Bible does not report that Ruth denied the proposal of her mother-in-law in a crying voice. Instead, she stood firm: Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. (Ruth 1:16). Since she was convinced, Naomi stopped talking about it. It is important to show God, the devil and the world who you are in Jesus.

Ruth went through great trials, but the blessing she would receive would be proportionate. Be alert and do not fall into temptation, because in the end you will be rewarded by the Lord. Do not be influenced by arguments, even if it comes out of the mouth of someone who belongs to God, because you will reap what you sowed. Whoever knows the Truth and does not obey it will give account of their action.

Genuine servants of God are known for their way of living and how they behave when facing temptation. The saved are interested in knowing the Lord and following Him. They will face death, if necessary. We know what awaits us in the future, so we will never deny the One who has rescued us from our vain way of being. Halleluiah!

In Christ with love,

R. R. Soares

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Oh God! Many people have gone through trials like Ruth's, but have not bowed to the enemy. We want to be firm in Your call, so that You may be glorified with our life. We love You!

Ruth did not mind getting married. She wanted just like the one who had told her about the God of Israel. Ruth proved the divine goodness through whom had an irreproachable procedure. May others learn to love You so.

It is so good to know You, forsake sin, and live to do what is right. With You, we will never be accused of any evil deed, because we want to keep Your commandments. Pour out Your rich blessings upon us!


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