Ruth 1:8 And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each to her mother’s house. The Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. 9 The Lord grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband.”
Before their return to Bethlehem Naomi prayed for new husbands for her daughter-in- laws. In her thoughts the new suitors were in Moab, spoke their language and understood their customs, because those were the circumstances in which she proposed they would find rest.
But God had different plans for Ruth. And in this we can glean some valuable lessons.
1. What seems best is not always God’s plan.
Naomi knew that she was walking into uncharted territory. She left Israel full and was returning empty. Perhaps she didn’t know how to deal with the embarrassment or shame and didn’t want her daughter-in-laws to see her in a defeated and downtrodden way; or she didn’t want them to experience being a foreigner in a new territory. Whatever the reason she thought it best they turn away and return home.
2. Don’t forget the law of the Lord in a new land.
Naomi could not envision a life for Ruth or Orpah in Bethlehem. She could not think beyond herself. She knew she could not produce and determined that if she could the time was too long for a new son to marry. She did not remember there was a Kinsmen Redeemer while in Moab.
We cannot become so far removed from Gods ways and so consumed with our circumstances that we forget what’s already in place to bless us!
3. Never underestimate the power of prayer and where it can reach!
Naomi prayed for husbands and rest for the ladies in her care. While we do not know the conclusion of Orpah’s story we know that Ruth married Booz. Ruth found rest as the wife of the kinsmen redeemer and her new found place as wife and eventually mother becoming the great grandmother to King David.
Like Naomi, we often pray with a thought in mind, but know that God answers in His way, according to His plan and purpose for our lives!