April 16
Ruth 1:6-18

A tough decision

Some time after Naomi’s husband and sons had died, she heard that the famine in her home country had ended. The Lord had given His people a good harvest. So she packed up her things and got ready to go back to her country with her two daughters-in-law. They started out together and as they were walking Naomi turned to them and said, “Why don’t you go back home and stay with your mothers? May the Lord make it possible for you to marry again and bless you both for what you have done for me.”

So Orpah left to go back home, but Ruth said to Naomi, “Don’t ask me to leave you. Wherever you go, I will go: wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.”

When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her she said nothing more and they carried on walking.

Who should I follow when people have a different faith?

Who is right and who is wrong - or are they all right? How can I know whose god is the true God?

Ruth had grown up in Moab where they did not worship God as they did in Israel. Over the years she had watched Naomi’s steady faith in God through good times and bad. Ruth saw how Naomi’s faith had stayed strong, and how God had been faithful to her. Now Ruth was ready to trust God with her life, as Naomi had.

You may know someone who believes in a different god, or who says he believes in the true God but doesn’t believe that Jesus is the Son of God. You can know for sure that the God of the Bible is the living God who created the world and the One who hears your prayers (Hebrews 11:6). If you read believe the Bible, be assured that you are trusting in the true and living God.

Verse for today

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:5