I have always loved Ruth’s story of faith and trust. She left her home, most of her family, and everything she knew to journey with her mother-in-law to a foreign land. She had experienced great tragedy in losing her husband, but she chose to put her faith and hope in the God of Israel and trust Him to provide for each of her needs. In the end, she is blessed not only with a family, but with a place of honor in the lineage of Jesus Himself and is 1 of only a few women mentioned in the genealogies of Jesus in the Gospels. In her life, we see the promise of Isaiah 46:4 fulfilled, “I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you” (NIV). God sustained her through her grief, carried her into a new season, and rescued her from the trials that I imagine seemed completely impossible to overcome. He gave her
a purpose and an eternal significance, and even more incredibly, He promises to do the same for each and every one of us.