Key Verse: Verse 18 – “When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her."
Key Words: When she saw that she was stedfastly minded
The word steadfastly means bold, firm, committed, unmovable. Ruth was determined to go with Naomi, back to her homeland.
Gail Devers has been one of the fastest women in the world. In 1992, she covered 100 meters in 10.82 seconds to win the Olympic gold medal for the 100 meter dash. Just a year earlier, she could barely walk. After a disappointing performance in the 1988 Olympics she began to experience declining health. By 1990, she was in terrible condition and finally pursued medical help. The diagnosis was Graves’ disease, and radiation began in the early months of 1991. Devers received too much radiation and experienced alarming side effects. The pain became so intense that she returned to the doctors. The doctors then realized the situation of over-radiation and modified the treatment. They noted Devers would have required the amputation of her feet, had she walked on them two more days. Her condition was regulated by March of 1991, and she returned to the track. Less than eighteen months later, she was in the Barcelona Olympic track stadium praying, “God, help me run the race of my life.” Her prayer was answered. She won the gold medal by hard work and stedfast determination.
As believers, we need Ruth’s determination to be loyal and faithful to God. May God help you be determined to run the race to the finish.
What to do:
✞ Remember, the winner is not always the one with the most talent, but the one with the most stedfast determination.
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