Ruth Part 3: No Turning Back, No Turning Back


When Ruth made her declaration to stay with Naomi, adopt her people’s ways, and put her faith in God, she knew that the future was uncertain, that her problems wouldn’t be solved immediately, and there would be tough times ahead. Yet she was determined.

It reminds me of the old song, “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” by S. Sundar Singh.

“I have decided to follow Jesus;

I have decided to follow Jesus;

I have decided to follow Jesus;

No turning back, no turning back.”

I imagine her singing this on that long road to Bethlehem. As doubt crept in, wondering what life would be like, she sang, determined to follow her God.

On the road to Bethlehem, Ruth knew that life was going to be hard. Probably much harder than she could imagine. She’d just left her homeland, the friends and family she’d grown up with and acceptance in exchange for a life with nothing but question marks.

  • Would the Israelites accept her? Could they see past her nationality and see her faith in God?
  • How would they survive? Where would they get food? Where would they find protection?
  • Would she ever have another husband? Children? Hope of a future?
  • What would her new life be like? She had to learn the ways, ideas, culture of the Hebrews without the guarantee of being accepted among them.

She was adopting a new home nation but there was no promise of security.

One thing is for certain: her faith in God was resolute. She trusted Him to provide, protect, and guide. She hadn’t grown up hearing about Jehovah, but she had met Him and made a decision to follow Him. God wasn’t just her husband’s family’s God. He was now hers, it was personal.

Even if you don’t grow up hearing about Christ, or going to church, the choice is still yours to make. Will you follow Christ? Do you follow Christ? Do you have a personal relationship with the Savior?

Ruth decided to follow Jesus; no turning back, no turning back.  That’s some faith.


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