Having Ruth’s Devotion

“Then they lifted up their voices and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more.” (Ruth 1:14-18, ESV)

While this passage is often used at weddings because of the level of devotion it shows, it should be remembered that this was said from a daughter-in-law to her mother-in-law. The level of love and devotion seen here can be found in far more places than just a marriage relationship. In fact, it should be found in our spiritual relationship with God as well.

It should always be our desire to be where God is and where God wants us to be. We should live our lives to this same standard before God, saying: where you want me to go, I’ll go. Where you want me to stay, I’ll stay. Your people are my people. You are my God unto death.

As much as that level of devotion should be present in our marriages, it is even more important that it be present in our relationship with God. How devoted are you to your Creator?

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