FEBRUARY 7 – A STEADFAST MIND
Ruth 1:18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.
I like this word, stedfast. It seems to indicate something that is solid and unmovable. Webster puts it this way – Fast fixed; firmly fixed or established; constant; firm; resolute; not fickle or wavering. The story of Ruth is a remarkable story of a woman that was stedfast in her resolve to continue with her mother-in-law to a land that was not hers. The scripture says that Ruth clave to her. Cleave – To stick; to adhere; to hold to; To unite aptly; to fit; to sit well on; To unite or be united closely in interest or affection; to adhere with a strong attachment. The Arkansas dialect uses the word – stick-to-it-iveness.
Ruth must have had her reasons because she gave a list of what she would do. Where you go I will go; where you live I will live; your people will be my people; your God will be my God; where you die I will die. Who of us has had that kind of influence on anyone? Naomi must have lived in such a way in front of Ruth to make a deep impression upon her.
Should we not live in this manner to influence the lives around us? What change within us would have to be made for someone to tell us those words. Who do we know that could influence us in such a manner.
What was the result of this closeness of relationship? Ruth finds a way to provide food for Naomi and herself. By the means provided to provide food, she met a man that became her husband, a very wealthy husband. Naomi’s land was redeemed.
We are taught the lesson of Jesus Christ as our kinsman redeemer. I was sold into the slavery of sin and my kinsman, Jesus Christ redeemed me from the curse and death penalty of sin. He has enriched me with a new life of service which gives me purpose and meaning for living. He showers His blessings upon me. He has brought peace and love and happiness and cause them to dwell in my life. He has set me on a solid foundation that cannot be moved.
Ruth, a Moabite by birth, and Boaz, a Jew by birth, are in the lineage of Christ. Here I am with an inheritance because I cling to Jesus my Savior.
May we all learn to cling to Jesus.