That meant leaving her home, her family, and her friends, moving to another land as a despised foreigner and living in poverty and privation. Love and concern for her mother-in-law were her only apparent motives.
Boaz pointed that out later in the story: “All that you have done for your mother-in-law after the death of your husband has been fully reported to me, and how you left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and came to a people that you did not previously know” (Ruth ).
But it all begins with our love affair with the Lord.
When we have experienced the love of God, we will express it in our family relationships—parents, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, children, and in-laws.
Through their testimony, this young Moabite named Ruth turned from worshiping Chemosh, the God of the Moabites, with all the abominable practices associated with his worship, and put her trust in the one true and living God. And it was evident to all who knew her that she had come to enjoy an intimate relationship with the Lord God of Israel.It is no surprise that their marriages are in trouble.Men, if you have wasted the years until now, there is no time to lose.Many a woman who loves her husband cannot seem to love his mother.And men seem to have the same problem with their wives’ mothers, as evidenced by the mother-in-law jokes that have circulated through the years, Where does love like Ruth’s come from? If you want some of it, you will have to cultivate a close personal relationship with Him just as Ruth did.That man, named Elimelech, died in Moab, leaving his wife, Naomi, and their two sons, Mahlon and Chileon.