Today’s Scripture: And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: 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: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me. When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her. Ruth 1:16-18

Whether it is a three-year-old sitting in the grocery cart griping about not getting candy or a flustered elderly woman complaining about her aches and pains, people just do not want to be around complainers. Naomi is often depicted as a whiner and a bitter, miserable woman when in all reality, she was probably the opposite. Why on Earth would Ruth leave her home and people to go with a complainer to a strange land?

Although Naomi desired to be called Mara – meaning bitter – and had lost two sons and a husband, Ruth must have seen the reality of Jehovah in her life, or she would not have gone with her all the way to Bethlehem. Ruth begged to go with Naomi. That really shows how much Ruth loved her mother-in-law. Even though Naomi had suffered a terrible blow, Ruth still wanted what she had.

When you go through struggles, do people see the reality of Christ in your life? The way you act when you are going through a deep trial will affect people forever. Do you complain about your problems? Consider your actions and ask yourself, “Can others see Christ in me even when I am hurting?” Encourage others to serve the Lord through your testimony as Naomi did. Today is a great time to get started.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder