Hi, and welcome to Armored with Faith’s first official Bible study! I’m so excited to be sharing what I’m learning with you. I’m more excited to learn from you as well!
The purpose of these reflections is to give you a glimpse of what scriptures I’m currently digging into.
As a relatively new Christian, I want to share my journey with you guys and also aid in helping other new Christians as well. Seasoned Christians are more than welcome to join and help us out! I’d genuinely appreciate it.
If you’re familiar with my content, you’ll know that I have some devotionals posted. If you’d like to check them out, I’ll link them below so that you can read and enjoy them later.
Let’s get right into today’s reading reflection! Join us as we dive into the Word! Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe for more encouraging content.
Ruth 1 Insights
In Ruth 1, we meet Elimelek, his wife Naomi, and their two sons, Mahlon and Kilion. Ruth 1:2 explains that “they were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.“
As we continue to read through Ruth 1, we discover that Naomi first loses her husband, Elimelek, and is left with her sons. Naomi’s sons married Moabite women named Orpah and Ruth. Ten years after living in Moab, both Mahlon and Kilion die, leaving only Naomi, Orpah, and Ruth.
Now, it’s the next section that always sparks my curiosity.
On the way back to the land of Judah, Naomi instructs the girls to return home to their own country. Both Orpah and Ruth wept and said to Naomi, “We will go back with you to your people.” Naomi, again, insists that both of the girls return to their mother’s home. She says, “Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me—even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons—would you wait until they grew up? Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you because the Lord’s hand has turned against me! (Ruth 1: 12-13)“
So, what did the girls do? Orpah decides to return home, but Ruth stays with Naomi (Ruth 1:14).
(I encourage you to read Ruth 1 in its entirety for more context!)
The Question & Much-Needed Encouragement
Here is where I always pose the question:
What if Orpah had kept on the journey with Naomi and Ruth?
I’m not sure what happened to Orpah after she went back home. I can’t help but think that Orpah would’ve possibly found a wonderful husband who would love and provide for her. And they’d live happily ever after.
When I read Ruth 1, I ask myself, “has there ever been a time when you gave up and turned back even though what’s back there meant you no good?”
I immediately began to think about all of the projects I’ve started and have yet to complete because I didn’t have enough faith. I think about when I came close to completing my Associate’s Degree but never finished due to my lack of faith and shallow confidence.
Too many times have I started something and failed to complete it. But, whenever I read Ruth 1, I feel as though God is laying on my heart to have faith! Keep pressing forward! Yes, the doubts will come, but if He has put something on your heart to be done, He trusts that you can get it done.
I want to encourage you today to have faith! If you’ve put down a project that you know God has placed on your heart to complete, pick it back up.
If you’ve started a degree and are close to completing it, finish that degree! Stop allowing those negative thoughts in your head or the negative nay-sayers around you to stop you from achieving greatness.
- What’s a project that you’ve started and gave up on? Why?
- What would it take to get that project back up and running so that you can complete it?
- Write this in your journal: I, (insert your name), am capable of successfully accomplishing my goals!
Before You Go:
How are you exercising faith? What is something God has placed on your heart to do, but you’ve either started and not finished, or you haven’t started at all? Think about that today. I pray that you will exercise your faith and keep pressing forward!
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