This is my article that was published today in The Natoma-Luray Independent section of The Russell County News and that will be published tomorrow in The Plainville Times.
Ruth 1 is a fascinating chapter; particularly verses 11-13. The widow Naomi telling her two widowed daughters-in-law to go home because there is nothing she can do for them. They are looking for husbands to care for them, but Naomi doesn’t even have a husband herself by which she can be cared for. It is quite the dramatic scene.
Naomi’s response in 11-13 regarding sons in her womb is interesting however. What if when she and Ruth got to Bethlehem, Naomi found a husband and conceived a son, who would then be obligated by law to marry Ruth?
It would be an interesting situation, in which Ruth would have very likely been involved in rearing her own husband. She would have likely changed his diaper, fed him, burped him, taught him the faith, and otherwise prepared him for the future; a future in which he would one day have been the head of the household, and Ruth, who cared for him, would have been under his care and been provided for by him.
Of course it did not happen that way. Upon returning to Bethlehem, Ruth meets Boaz and they marry; and Boaz cares for and provides for Ruth and their children; as well as Naomi.
That plausible scenario that I described however does have a lesson for us. Among the other things Ruth would have done in caring for her newborn husband, is that she would have prayed for him. Prayed that he would be healthy; prayed that he would be faithful; prayed that he would enter into a vocation that would allow him to provide for their future family.
Men and women may not be directly involved in the care for their future spouses today, but that is all the more reason that they should pray for their future spouses, even those whom they do not yet know, even if it is at an age where they are not even thinking about marriage.
Men, pray that your future wife is kind and loving; women, pray that your future husband enters an able vocation, by which he may provide for you. Both men and women, pray that your future spouses are faithful, God-fearing Christians.
Pray that they are well today; so that it may be well for both of you in the future.
God Bless! Pastor Schmidt