Selflessness: Ruth and Naomi’s Story



Naomi is married to Elimelech and has two sons and two daughters-in-law.  They moved from Bethlehem to Moab during a fierce famine.  Moab was very foreign to Naomi, Elimelech, and her sons.  However, the two daughters in law were Moabites themselves.  After living in this new land for awhile, Elimelech and both of Naomi’s sons die.  Her life is turned completely upside down.  Naomi decides to move back to her homeland of Bethlehem.  She implores her daughters in law, Ruth and Orpah, to return to their families so they won’t have to suffer through hardships with her.  Orpah takes the opportunity and leaves.  Ruth, however, refuses to leave her.

Significant Verse

Ruth 1:16- But Ruth said, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to return from following you.  For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I lodge.   Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.

How does this relate to your life?

There is a lot going on in this chapter.  Within one chapter, a devout woman, Naomi, loses her home, husband, and both of her sons.  Can you imagine losing everything that you have?  That is what happened to Naomi.  Yet, she still had faith in the Lord.  She trusted in Him when she decided to go back home.

Selflessness is prominent in this chapter.  After losing everything, Naomi lets go of the only two surviving members of her family.  One leaves, one stays.  

This is when we see Ruth’s true character.  Ruth chooses to drop everything and follow Naomi so she wouldn’t be alone.  Ruth was a Moabite, but she decides to help Naomi.

Ruth 1 16

We should admire Ruth and Naomi’s selflessness towards one another.  What can you do in your everyday life that would bless someone else?  It can be as simple as saying hello or giving someone a hug when they need it.   Jesus teaches us to love one another.  This story in the Old Testament shows what it is to truly love one another.

This is dedicated to all of the soldiers who in their selflessness have devoted their lives to protecting our freedom and rights.  Thank you.


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