What can we say about Ruth? Perhaps she is a character that is not usually mentioned too much, but from her we can learn a life of faith in God and a lot of virtue. Abraham obeyed God by leaving his land and going out to a stranger land, but from Ruth we also learn that she left her land to go to one she did not know.
Ruth, from the lands of Moab, comes genetically from Lot, who was Abraham’s nephew. She lived in the time of the Judges of Israel, she married a man who came from Israel while still in Moab. She at some point she had to suffer the loss of her husband, father-in-law and her brother-in-law. And exactly here the virtuous Ruth is born.
This woman of God had to make the decision to stay in Moab or to go with her mother-in-law Naomi to Israel, since her mother-in-law was going through a great loss of her husband and her two children. So, Ruth found herself in a moral obligation to support her mother-in-law, and not only that, but to follow the God of Israel that she had known.
11 And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore.
12 The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.
Ruth 2:11-12 (KJV)
That testimony of Ruth expanded, her great faith and humanity. Ruth loved the Lord so much that she left behind everything she possessed to follow her and support her mother-in-law. Here we see a woman of faith and virtue, of the many that we can mention in the Bible, and the virtue of this woman of God sends us a great message.
The same Bible highlights Ruth as a virtuous woman:
And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.
Oh woman who reads this article! Does your neighborhood classify you as a virtuous woman? Virtue is something that should accompany every woman of faith, so don’t see it as something impossible that only the women of the Bible could achieve, you can and should too!
Finally, this virtue was accompanied by a great reward, because Ruthgave birth to a son named Obed, a grandson named Jesse, from whom David, king of Israel, was born, and more importantly, that’s where the lineage of Jesus our King and Lord comes from (Matthew 1:5).