Choices matter in life. We have seen this played out in a number of the lives mentioned in the book of Ruth.
Naomi said good-by to Orpa who chose to go back to her people and to her gods. Ruth, however, wanted to go with Naomi. Feeling quite depressed about her own lot Naomi urged Ruth, “Look, your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her” (Ruth 1:15).
I believe she felt Ruth was finally persuaded to go back. “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. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me’” (Ruth 1:16-17).
Ruth had already made a decision about who she believed to be her God. It was the God of Israel. She did not want to go back to her people and their gods. It was through Naomi and her family that she was introduced to Israel’s God, and even though their testimony left something to be desired, they did share enough about the true and living God to convince Ruth to confess: I want this one to be my God.
At this crucial crossroad in her life she made a clear, wholehearted and significant decision. She would go with Naomi, whatever the cost. Through marriage she had a mother-in-law who knew this God of Israel, and though she knew little about what this entailed she grasped it by faith and committed herself to Naomi, her people and her God.