Loyalty and Devotion

February 10, 2011

“…where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.” – Ruth 1:16

Loyalty is a precious commodity. Many profess it, but few have it (especially when life goes sour). Yet, there are few gifts greater than another person’s loyalty, especially when we feel like the whole world is against us. Some relationships with in-laws are challenging because the only reason you have a loyalty to them is that you both love the same person. When that person is gone, there is often little to tie you together.

Ruth is one of the Bible’s most inspiring women. Her mother-in-law, Naomi, lost her husband and her two sons. One of those sons was Ruth’s husband. But, listen to Ruth’s words to Naomi: “Where you go, I will go. Where you lodge, I will lodge and your people shall be my people and your God, my God. And where you die, I will die and there I will be buried.” She not only said it, she kept her word. Loyalty is a precious commodity, especially when life goes sour.