Turn away from evil, do what is good, and settle permanently. Psalm 37:27 (CSB)
In the short four chapter story of Ruth we see devastating tragedy and loss followed by an indescribable, almost unfathomable, happily ever after! It reminds me of the Truth recorded in 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV) However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” – the things God has prepared for those who love him –
Ruth comes from a line of people that finds it’s origin in a dark cave of hopeless depression and incest! Strike one, she is a Moabite. Residing in a pagan land she marries into a foreign family however not only does her father-in-law die, along with her brother-in-law but her own husband dies as well, AND she is childless! (Can we just not continue to tally up the strikes against this young gal?!) What was left for Ruth, especially in that day in age?!
With all humanly conceivable hope gone, Ruth clings to her mother-in-law (Naomi), but more than that, she clings to Naomi’s God who just so happens to be The King of kings and Lord of Lords! Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; Psalm 33:18 (KJV) Ruth adamantly and resolutely sets her face toward God Almighty, leaving her pagan land and gods behind, she travels to Bethlehem with Naomi to live.
In a wild turn of events Ruth encounters her kinsman redeemer, and as only God Almighty can do, this poor girl from a pagan land with a past plagued by hopeless tragedy and loss, is grafted into the very genealogy of Jesus Christ our Redeemer!!
Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. Psalm 34:5 (NIV) Dearly beloved of God, no matter where you are, have been or are headed, right now is not too late to stop, pause, turn from evil, do good and settle your mind, heart and future, permanently in the Hand of your Redeemer too; He only holds happily ever after endings dear one.