A Journey Through Pain – Part 1

But Ruth said: “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

This article stems from our Bible Study lesson entitled the Ministry of Pain. Naomi and Ruth were inseparable and pain was one of the bonding factor in their relationship. Not only pain, but they were bound together in victory as God made provision for them.

We all have or will experience some sort of pain in our lives. Pain is a part of spiritually growing up in Christ as we go through life. God, in His sovereignty, allows us to experience pain to form us into participants of His divine plan. Naomi and Ruth are good examples of being developed through the pains of life.

The Situation

Naomi was married to Elimelech and together they had two sons, Mahlon and Chilion. A great famine struck Bethlehem of Judah and Elimelech decided to move his family to Moab. Their two sons married Moabite women. Perhaps everything was going well until Elimelech died leaving Naomi a widow. A time after Elimelech’s death, Mahlon and Chillion died, leaving Orpah and Ruth as widows. We should understand that the people had gotten away from the law of God concerning widows, so these three widows were without a husband to protect and provide for them (Deuteronomy 10:17,18; Deuteronomy24:19)

Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God.

Naomi heard the famine was over in Bethlehem-Judah so she decided to go back home. She told her daughter in-laws her plans to return home. Oprah decided to go back to her people, the Moabites, but after insisting and being adamant about it, Ruth went back to Bethlehem with Naomi. Ruth proclaimed that she was willing to be with Naomi for the rest of her life and claimed Naomi’s people, the Israelites were her people and Naomi’s God was her God. We have to understand that this says a lot about the character of Naomi.

Naomi must have presented herself as a godly woman, who worshiped and prayed to God regularly. They were in a land where the people worshiped many gods, but they didn’t worship the true and living God. They were living in a time when everyone did what they thought was right while shunning the righteousness of God. So this speaks volumes of how we should live our lives in this dying world. Living in a way that allows the light and power of the Lord to shine through in the midst of darkness.

Jesus, during the Sermon on the Mount said we should let our light shine before men so that they will see our good works and glorify our Father in Heaven (Matthew 5:16)

Next – A Journey Through Pain – Pt 2

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