In the book of Ruth we see another instance of God’s providence at work.  After Naomi’s husband and two sons died, she said that “the hand of the LORD has gone out against me.” (Ruth 1:13)  Little did she know that Jesus would be born thru the lineage of her daughter-in-law Ruth. (Matthew 1:5)

Naomi was going back to Bethlehem and she told both of her daughter-in-laws to go back to their home country.  Orpah did as she was told to do.  “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.” (Ruth 1:16)  It sounds like the influence of Naomi is what brought Ruth to the one true God.  We may not know the level of influence we have on others, but we can make sure that influence is a positive one.  (1Corinthians 7:16)

Today’s reading: Ruth 1-4