In the book of Ruth, we learn that a terrible famine hit Israel and Elimelek a man from Bethlehem in Judah decided to search for relief elsewhere.   Elimelek together with his wife and two sons left Bethlehem and headed to Moab where food was available. Ruth 1 

The Lord God had instructed Israel that ‘No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord…’Numbers 23:3; however Elimelek, sought refuge from such people because of a pressing need.  He overlooked the Lord’s instruction.  Elimelek died in Moab.

The plan to move… ‘was a while’, however 10 years later we learn that Naomi and her 2 sons Mahlon and Killion lived in Moab; and the two sons got themselves Moabite wives. In this, the sons sinned against God for they got yoked with Moabite women whom the Lord God had forbidden the People of Israel.  The two sons died leaving behind their widows, childless.

Naomi understood her situation for she mourned to her daughters in law… ‘it is more bitter for me than you, because the Lord’s hand has turned against me!’ Ruth 1:13

The reality of our situation is that though you are a person of God… ‘famine’ can come your way. However, where do you turn to for refugee? The psalmist said “I will say of the LORD, He is my refugee and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust”.

Ruth declared to her Mother-in-Law, Naomi that your God will be my God; a declaration unknowingly she made to God. Ruth took refuge in the God of Israel.  At a later time, Boaz prayed for Ruth,…”May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel under whose wings you have come to take refuge”. The Psalmist affirms that “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty” Psalm 91:1

 

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