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In these passages is the beginning of the book of Ruth. This is a story of Naomi, a woman from Bethlehem and her husband leaving Israel to live in Moab because of a famine in Israel. Their two sons married Moabite women.  One wife’s name was Ruth.

Naomi’s husband and sons died in Moab, and she intended to return to Israel. One of Naomi’s daughters-in-law remained in Moab, but Ruth insisted on going with Naomi back to Israel. Ruth said to Naomi, “Where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge, your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.” The intention of Ruth’s heart was to worship the true God of Israel and turn away from the idols of Moab. She was intent on giving up her worldly goods and worshipping God.

This story applies to believers today. We must be ready to put the world’s goods aside to worship and obey God. The Bible says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and the rest will be given you as well.”

God will indeed prosper believers.  However, when He does, our hearts will not be inclined toward worldly goods. We will be content in God and whatever He has provided for us.

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