Today’s scripture selection: The Book of Ruth
Key verse: Ruth 1:16
Family – sometimes it’s “can’t live with them; can’t live without them.” Even in the happiest of families, conflict and disagreement are inevitable.
That’s one reason people love the story of the biblical characters named Naomi and Ruth.
At its core – it is a story of loyalty. They were mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. They were also two people who were different from one another in many ways. But they loved each other – and that was all that mattered.
When circumstances threatened to tear them apart – Ruth’s words summed it all up:
“Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”
Loyalty – and love – two very powerful things.
We live in a world where too often we are encouraged to think only of ourselves. Ruth and Naomi remind us that there is a higher and nobler way of life.
And – as it turns out – what seemed to be a choice that only impacted those two women’s lives – actually was part of God’s larger plan too. You see, Ruth turns out to be a key player in bringing the long awaited Messiah into the world.
So, when you are tempted to give up on family – on love and loyalty – think again. God may have a plan that includes you and your family – even if sometimes – they are a little hard to live with.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for my family – and for being part of the family of God. AMEN.