Ruth 4:1-22 – The book of Ruth helps connect the genealogy of Christ. Naomi had a son named Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of David (4:17). Ruth was from Moab and became one of two sisters-in-law to Naomi. When Naomi lost her husband and two sons, she advised her two sisters-in-law she was returning to her hometown of Bethlehem. Ruth said she would go with Naomi. This meant leaving her home and where her family lived.
Ruth had no intentions to leave but insisted on staying with Naomi where ever she went (41:16-18). This commitment continued a long and lasting close relationship and support between Ruth and Naomi. Ruth committed herself to Naomi in Jerusalem as a foreigner far away from her homeland. God worked in Ruth’s life despite the circumstances of losing her family.
Close relationships can help us through hard circumstances. Ruth and Naomi’s relationship included love, wisdom and commitment. Close relationships need to be developed and worked on. Do you have any close relationships? Any long-term relationships you are working on? When we lived in Rochester, NY, I had a close friend. We used to meet weekly to encourage, support and have fun with one another. We eventually moved away but when we talk, it is like we were before. He is listed on my dedication page of my first book. During this week, pray about ensuring you have at least one close relationship that you can depend on. If you do not, ask God to reveal who you can approach to begin that relationship. Who would that person be? Ask God to reveal a true friend.