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Day 18 Lenten Scripture and Meditation: Ruth 1:16-17

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Scripture Reading: Ruth 1:16-17

The story of Ruth could be your story if you are willing to do what she did.

Ruth was married to one of Naomi's son. After the death of Naomi's husband and the death of both her sons, she made the choice to leave Moab and go back home to Bethlehem.

Ruth faced a different choice. Either she could stay in a home that was familiar to her or she could go with her mother-in-law and give up all she was accustomed to. However, according to Ruth 1:16-17, she told Naomi:

"Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me."

Ruth chose to leave home, and she found happiness in a new country with a new family and a new God.

Orpah, the other daughter-in-law, played it safe. She was not a risk taker. She battled with indecision because she loved Naomi and Ruth. Even though they were family to her, she did not want to leave her country, her culture, and her own family where she had always lived with their pagan gods. She saw Bethlehem as a new set of problems. She made a choice to stay in Moab, and we have never heard from her again.

Pray during this Lenten season that if you had to made a difficult choice, you will make the right decision like Ruth instead of taking the place of least resistance as Orpah did. We don't know what happened to Orpah, but we know what happened to Ruth. There is a whole book in the Bible bearing her name. She married Boaz and became part of the lineage of Jesus Christ.

We don't know if Orpah ever learned what happened to Ruth and Naomi, but we know that they found peace and happiness in Bethlehem.

Meditate on the story of Ruth during Day 18 of the Lenten season. My all your decisions be wise ones.

You are invited to read the devotion for Day 19 of the Lenten season.

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