Ruth 1 16
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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.” — Ruth 1:16
Thoughts on Verse (Ruth 1 16 Meaning)
This beautiful statement of loyalty appears at thousands of weddings each year. Incredibly, these were not originally the bride or groom’s vows. Instead, it was the vow that Ruth made to his mother-in-law; some would call her her ex-mother-in-law because Ruth’s husband, Naomi’s son, had died, but Ruth never considered Naomi anyone’s “ex.” Loving God loves loyalty and grants his blessings and grace when we are loyal to others.
In a time when people are thrown away as easily as paper plates and napkins, let us remember that faithfulness is a virtue that God not only loves, but it is also a virtue that He defined for us in Jesus. So let’s view loyalty to friends, family, and other followers of Jesus as an important commitment.
Almighty and faithful God, thank you for your faithfulness to the promises of your covenant with Israel. Thank you for not giving up on your people or your promises despite the fickleness and unfaithfulness of your people. Bless us today as we seek to be Your true children, faithful and honorable people in a turbulent and treacherous world. May the light of faithfulness seen through us inspire others to find stability and hope in your grace and your people. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.