In Ruth Chapter four we see the full circle moment for Ruth, from married to widow to married again. A lot has transpired during the 4 small chapters and there is much to dig into along the way. We’ve actually not delved into the ocean of Ruth, any more than sticking our big toe in, but I’m hoping you’ve enjoyed that little dip into this OT book –which often gets skipped over.
One of the many things I love about this chapter is that once Ruth remarries and has a bub, that many women of the community tell Naomi (Ruth’s mother in law) how blessed she is to have Ruth in her life. ‘For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons’ (Ruth 4:15). Now in today’s thinking we would be questioning the equality of such a statement and many would be offended, thinking, ‘how dare we be compared to males or made to feel less then’. BUT – culturally and historically this is a MASSIVE compliment which Ruth is given. Time after time in this book – her character is brought to the forefront, praised and acknowledged. What’s even more impressive is that at the time, she was from another land (Moab) and I’m guessing that often compliments where not bestowed on those with a different upbringing or nationality.
So as we journey out of this book – I want to encourage you that character in hardship never goes out of fashion. It is always stylist. Ruth had every opportunity to whinge, mourn, complain and throw a tantrum as life dealt her an unfair blow. But, instead she was seen to be a women of character – faithful, honored, virtuous. So to can we be men and women who when hardship and trials come knocking – show our character, in not just skin deep ways but pumping thru our veins manners. Sure, we might have a moment where we get it wrong (we all do – a least I know I do and massively sometimes ) but, we get to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and journey forward. And really that’s how great character is formed – in the mud of life, when its easy to let things slide.
Until next week
Happy Pondering xx