“But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” [Ruth 1:16-17]
What does it mean to be faithful? Merriam-Webster defines “faithful” as “steadfast in affection or allegiance”. It is an unwavering commitment towards someone or something. Faithfulness is a fruit of the Spirit and becomes more and more evident in our lives as we spend time with God and as His Holy Spirit leads our lives. Ruth’s story in the Bible exudes faithfulness and is a great place to start when looking at examples of faithfulness.
Some background on Ruth’s story: There were two sons who married women named Ruth and Orpah. Both of these sons died, leaving behind the women as widows. Ruth and Orpah’s mother in law Naomi was very good to the two women. Since she wanted the best for each of them, she told Ruth and Orpah to travel back to their own country and to their own families. At Naomi’s pleas, Orpah did as instructed and left for the land of her birth. Ruth, however, chose to remain with Naomi, no matter the cost, and was faithful to her mother-in-law even when it was difficult. This is where Ruth declares her commitment to Naomi in the verse from Ruth that’s written above.
I ask myself, “When was the last time that I showed this kind of zeal in pursuing faithfulness to people around me? Or to God?” I challenge you to ask yourself the same question. In verse 14, the author writes that, “Ruth clung to her.” This is a beautiful picture of Ruth’s determination to never leave Naomi’s side. If we can learn to pursue this kind of faithfulness to God, it would change our hearts and perspective on the world forever. What would happen if we were this faithful to seeking God’s presence, to pray, to study His Word, or to serving those around us? If we all got on board, I think this city and this campus would be radically transformed, and the Gospel would advance like never before.
What are some ways in which you can grow in your faithfulness to God?
Father, thank You for who You are. Please show me what it looks like for me to be faithful. Help me to be fully committed and faithful to You in all aspects of my life. Show me how I can also be faithful to loving the people around me. Thank you for Your own faithfulness. Amen.