But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.
Ruth 1:16 ESV
Ruth’s faithful loyalty to Naomi is exemplary. She had nothing to gain, humanly speaking, by committing to an old, embittered lady. But evidently something about Naomi’s God had impressed this Moabitess.
Ruth had been married to Naomi’s son. But both had been widowed. As far as anyone could tell, there was no future for Ruth with Naomi in the land of Israel. It would have seemed to have made sense to stick around in Moab and hope to remarry and have kids that way.
But Ruth refused to abandon her bereft mother in law. She had the boldness to tell Naomi not to tell her to leave. She committed to life with this bitter old lady.
Ruth was traditionally an enemy of God’s people as a Moabitess. But she committed to be grafted in to the children of Israel through faith in the God of Israel. I as a Gentile was once a stranger to this same God. But by His grace, He grafted me in to His people.
“Lord God of Israel, thank You for the powerful example of Ruth of faithfulness even when there seems to be nothing to be gained by it. Please help us likewise to do the right things, for the honour of Your name, amen”