Friday, May 19, 2017


Ruth 1:16  But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back.  I will go wherever you go and live wherever you live.  Your people will be my people and your God will be my God.”

       This verse has a special place in my heart.  It was the foundation of the song my wife sang to me at our wedding.  She sang it from her heart and has lived it for the over 40 years of our marriage.

        Naomi was on her way back to her home in Israel after spending many years in Moab because of a drought.  Her two daughters-in-law were walking with her until Naomi stopped and encouraged them to go back to their native home in Moab.  Ruth would have none of it.  She insisted on going with Naomi and declared that she was adopting Naomi and her family as her own as well as the God of Israel as her own.

        Ruth had discovered that God was real and only worth embracing as her own.  In Moab there were many gods that people turned to and worshiped, but Ruth knew they were not real and chose to align herself with God and His chosen people.

       We also must choose.  We must choose between the gods of this world or God.  We can’t have it both ways.  We either are aligned with God and His children or we’re not.  Choose today whom you will live for and serve.  If you do not choose to live in Christ, you are choosing to live for Satan. 

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