The story in the book of Ruth is a story about what women of God we are supposed to be for each other. Ruth lost her husband and had every opportunity to restart her life on her own. However, she chooses to stay with Naomi for life (Ruth 1:16-18). Ruth takes on a new land, new customs, new people, a new God, and never left Naomi’s side.
Naomi had lost so much in her life. She moved to a new land, then lost her husband and both sons. She was beaten up so much by life that she no longer wanted to be called by her name which meant” beautiful”. She wanted to be called Mara or bitter instead. She had lost so much and had become so bitter that Naomi could no longer recognize herself.
These two women find themselves in different phases of life but still side by side. To provide for Naomi, Ruth finds favor with a man named Boaz and begins to work in his field. Boaz looked favorably upon Ruth because he had heard what she had done for her mother-in-law Naomi.
Boaz fed her well, and Ruth would bring food to Naomi. Even in Naomi’s hurt and despair, Ruth continued to bless her. After awhile it was Naomi’s turn to bless Ruth. She told Ruth how to show Boaz her interest in him as a husband.
“So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife, And he went in to her, and the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son.”
Ruth 4:13 ESV
This next part is my favorite part of the story!
“Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! (15) He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” (16) Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her lap and became his nurse. (17) And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.”
Ruth 4:14-17 ESV
Wait a minute, Ruth had a son not Naomi, yet everyone was congratulating Naomi as if she had had a son. My dear sister, in the body of Christ her win is your win and your win is her win! Ruth’s victory was Naomi’s victory too.
The world has tried to put women in competition with each other. That isn’t what God intended, He wants us to be fighting for each other not against each other. If our sister is blessed, God didn’t take it out of our account. He has more than enough for all of us. My sweet friend, as sisters in Christ what I bring home is supposed to bless you and what you bring home is supposed to bless me. Favor is fair when favor is shared.
I challenge you today to find a lady in your family, in your work place, in your Church, and do something like Ruth did for Naomi. Take something that was bitter in their life and turn it around and make it sweet again. I believe God gave us this story as an example of what we are to be for one another. So let’s look for an opportunity this week to bring some healing to someone’s life, and in that God will bring healing to yours just like he did with Naomi’s.
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