The Fruit of a Christian Profession
Then she arose with her daughters-in-law, that she might return from
the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how
that the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread.
Read Ruth 1:3-6
Naomi had lived for more than ten years in the heathen land of Moab. First
she lost her husband, Elimelech. Somewhat later, her two sons, Mahlon and
Chilion, also died. In Ruth 1:5 we read, “And the woman was left of her two
sons and her husband.” They left their mother and their wives destitute,
having no children. Why should Naomi remain in Moab any longer, removed
from her relatives?
A report which radically changed Naomi’s life reached her in Moab: the Lord
had visited His people and given them bread! God was with His people. This
reminded Naomi that life is more than food and drink. She decided to go
back to Israel, the place where the Lord had chosen to dwell; she desired to
continue her life there.
The way of return is open to everyone who has gone traveled on the wrong
path. Naomi had heard good news concerning her God. We hear the Lord’s
call to us each Sunday. Listen to His voice, trust in His salvation and receive
His words of consolation.
Question: Which way are you traveling: away from God or back to the Lord?
Psalter 254:3, 4 (based on Psalm 95)
O come and let us worship now, Before our Maker let us bow;
We are His sheep and He our God, He feeds our souls in pastures broad;
He safely leads us in the way; O come and heed His voice today.
Take heed and harden not your heart As did your fathers, nor depart,
From God to follow in their ways; For with complaints instead of praise,
With doubt instead of faith confessed, They put His mercy to the test.