Trusting in the “LORD God of Israel”

There was a woman named Naomi. She had two sons who were married. Their wives’ names were Ruth and Orpah. Naomi’s two sons died. Naomi told her daughters-in-law to go back to their mother’s house. Orpah returned, but Ruth said, “For whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.” (1)

Before Ruth said this, Naomi said that Ruth’s sister-in-law (Orpah) returned to her mother’s house and her gods. Ruth, though, stayed with Naomi and declared that Naomi’s God would be her God. What made Ruth stay? What made Ruth prefer Naomi over her family? Boaz, Ruth’s future husband, gives the impetus of Ruth’s decision. He says Ruth “[came] to trust…the LORD God of Israel.” (2) What can we do by trusting in the LORD God of Israel? Where can we go? Where can we live? Whom can we live? How and where can we die? Ruth had clear answers to these questions because of her trust in God. (3)

(1) Ruth 1:16
(2) Ruth 2:12
(3) Ruth 1:16-17