If someone were to ask another person about their best friend, what would they say? They would probably list a lot of tiny details about him/her, which are character traits. Eventually all these details will create a picture of them. This is similar to what will be portrayed about Ruth. Ruth was a woman of character and faith, she was stronger than most. Her kindness toward others was exceptional and she had a heart of gold. Often, she labored tirelessly all day for her mother-in-law, not because she wanted to but, because she had faith in God. Others around Ruth worshipped false gods, but Ruth knew who was the true Father, God, because of her own father. All in all, the biblical book of Ruth gives a brief glimpse of their lives; and through it, there are amazing virtues of faith, submission, gratitude and humility.
Let’s start from the beginning, with man named Ellichmech who’s wife’s name was Naomi. They had two sons named Mahlon and Chilion. Mahlon decided to wed and ask Ruth to be his wife. His brother was also married, and her name was Orpah. Unfortunately, a tragedy struck and both Naomi’s sons were killed in Moab. Today, it is important to have faith in God even through the difficult times in life, and Ruth did just that. A famine struck where her Ruth lived which is the town of Bethlahem. Many people died because the shortage of food and water including Ruth’s father. Since she believed in God, food was provided for her and she did not die like some of the others. Deteronomy 28:2-4 says “All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God. You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks”. This bible verse is an accurate reflection of Ruth and her faith.
Ruth was also a woman of great courage. After Ruth and Orpah’s husbands died, and during that time the wives would go back to their originally country and wed another man. Ruth realized that Naomi, her mother-in-law, would be all on her own with nothing because her husband had died years ago. She had courage to step up and take care of here poor, aging mother-in-law. Not only that, Ruth told Naomi that she would go with her to her homeland and be her family. This is a big sacrifice for Ruth because she was going with a woman she barely knew to somewhere she had never been! Since they were both poor at the time they did not have any food. As soon as they arrived in Bethlehem, Ruth scavenged through the already harvested fields to see if she could find leftovers. Imagine having to go on someone else’s property just to find a couple morsels of food because that right there is the definition of courage. Whose farm was it though? This leads to the next character trait which is kindness.
Ironically, Naomi’s cousin, Boaz, owned the farm. He tells Ruth to take anything that she and Naomi would need which was very gracious of him. Boaz also said “May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge. (Ruth 2:11-12)”. Naomi quickly notices the strong bond, kindness and friendship between Ruth and Boaz. As the weeks go on, Boaz cared so much for Ruth he asked her to marry him and of course she said yes. Naomi was elated, just to find out they had another big announcement in the days to follow. Boaz and Ruth would have a son! Through all of Ruth’s hardships God finally blessed her.
All things considered, Ruth had a rough patch of life, but she used the character traits God gave her to enlighten people. Ruth stepped up to the plate to take care of her mother-in-law even if that meant sacrificing finding a true love. She ended up marrying Boaz and having a son named Obed. The biblical book of Ruth gives a brief glimpse of their lives; and through it, there are amazing virtues of faith, submission, gratitude and humility. Hebrews 13:16 says “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”