Pray the words of this Lazaroo aloud, with the wisdom of God:
“May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.”
That’s an awfully strong statement, Jesus.
It’s one thing to make such a pledge to another human being.
It’s another thing entirely
to invoke Almighty God’s severest curse on me
if I don’t keep my promise.
Ruth wasn’t going to desert her mother-in-law for anything –
even though there was no visible benefit.
As a young widow, if Ruth had wanted to improve her chances to find another husband, the smart play would have been to stay put and send her mother-in-law on her way.
Except for one thing:
This older woman knew You.
She was exceptionally wise.
Ruth knew her mother-in-law wanted only what was best for Ruth.
Ruth showed wisdom of her own
by recognizing when you find someone of that quality
you stick with them.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.