Chapter Four - Desire Of Your Heart

nothing to offer for provision other than a deeply held faith in God. “When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she said no more. So they both went on until they came to Bethlehem.” (Ruth 1:18,19)

They spoke the truth in love and filled the need in each other to help each other enter the land God was providing for them. It was live or starve. Stripped of all comfort and family Naomi displayed her raw honesty with heart breaking emotion, “Call me not Naomi [pleasant]; call me Mara [bitter], for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, but the Lord has brought me home again empty. Why call me Naomi, since the Lord has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?” (Ruth 1 20,21)

Naomi showed her unconditional love by calling Ruth her own daughter and holding on to their relationship. “They both went on until they came to Bethlehem. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.” (Ruth 1:19,22) “Go, my daughter.” (Ruth 2:2) And Ruth listened, “ And Ruth said to her, All that you say to me I will do.” (Ruth 3:5) They both held on by letting go of their own ways, choosing God’s will instead.

Naomi knew she could not provide a family for Ruth, but God could and did. “Have I yet sons in my womb that may become your husbands? … Would you wait until they are grown?” (Ruth 1:11,12) So Naomi and Ruth let God do what they could not. They came to Bethlehem at the beginning of harvest. “Ruth went and gleaned in a field after the reapers and she happened to stop at the part of the field belonging to Boaz…” (Ruth 2:3) God’s coincidence was meant to be for Ruth! The same passage in the Hebrew-English Tanakh Bible reads, “… She came and gleaned in a field, behind the reapers; and, as luck would have it, it was the piece of land belonging to Boaz…”

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