Ruth 1:15-18 New International Version (NIV)
15 “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”
16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” 18 When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.
Wed. October 28 Ruth’s determination to go with Naomi is only a glimpse of God’s faithful determination to “go with” you! This is why the Apostle Paul wrote: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39) You can hear echoes of Ruth’s declaration to Naomi. The promise that she made is like a marriage vow that she is determined to never break. This is also why Paul describes the relationship Jesus has with the church as a marriage. The “new covenant” is that nothing will stop God from loving, forgiving, and caring for us. Then Jesus sealed that covenant in blood and defeated death so that we would always have hope, always be free,