by John O’Malley
“And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the Lord deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me” (Ruth 1:8).
The old preacher said to the younger preacher, “If in this life’s course you are given five real friends, you will be most blessed.” Truly, real friends are hard to find. Their value cannot be assessed with money. God is so good to allow us to make friends and to be a friend.
Naomi had made friends with Ruth and Orpah. Ruth and Orpah were certain of one thing: Naomi had been kind to them in Moab. They had lost their husbands, yet Naomi had lost both her husband andher sons. There was a quality about Naomi that they appreciated, and the two responded with kindness. The widowed sisters-in-law, standing somewhere near Moab’s border, paused to hear Naomi’s words. What would she say to them?
Naomi looked at two girls who had been through so much. They had lost their husbands and now did not know what to do. Ruth and Orpah, numb from their loss, contemplated heading to Bethlehem-judah with Naomi. Their mother-in-law, aching with loneliness, turned and uttered these words, “Go, return each to her mother’s house: the Lorddeal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.”
Reader, you may be dealing with a problem right now. Do not allow yourself to become so absorbed in your grief that you miss the treasure of your friends.You say, “I have no friends to tell my woes and worries to right now.” Remember, “There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24).
Think about it...