The Great Challenges and Great Faith of Ruth

The Great Challenges and Great Faith of Ruth

Imagine this: 

You're young and widowed.

You can return to your family and all things familiar.

Or you can go to your mother-in-law's hometown where you'll be a stranger and a foreigner. And some people will be prejudiced against you because of your ethnic background.

Your mother-in-law strongly urges you to stay with your family and return to your pagan gods.

But you vow to never abandon her or the True and Living God.

When you arrive in her hometown, she complains bitterly to everyone, ignoring your sacrifices for her.

Nevertheless, you immediately start looking for a way to support her, and you take on humble, back-breaking work in the hot sun.

When she recommends you to marry an older man, you agree. 

It's so easy to read Bible stories and forget they record events in the lives of real people like you and me. Ruth had human feelings, questions, and challenges. But she is an example of faith, humility and forbearance. 

God rewarded Ruth by placing her in the bloodline of Jesus, and He recorded Ruth's story to build our faith.

What is He saying to you through her story today?  

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The Great Challenges and Great Faith of Ruth


  1. There appears to be no ethnic prejudice against Ruth. She was probably a descendant of Moab, an incestuous son of Lot, Abraham's nephew; hence, a distant cousin.

  2. Yes, Jeff. In the story of Ruth, Rahab, and others, God proves that His people are from every tribe and nation.


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