In Ruth 1:1-22 we see a struggle for one women. Naomi had two daughter-in-law’s who had a decision to make. 

Naomi tried to talk them both into going home and not following her.  She told them she had nothing to give them. 

Orphan wept at the border because she was torn between two loves…She loved Naomi , but she had not cut ties to Moab.   

Orpah faced a decision… Would she follow Naomi, which means Grace…a moving away from living for the world and a move toward living by Grace…

Hung up on the border…some turning back to their old ways…

Orpah wept Ruth 1:9-10, but it was only on the surface…
She wanted to be a part of what God was doing,but in her heart she was gripped by her love for her old circle of friends and family. 

Tears are not enough…

A fork in the road comes to everyone…

Ruth 1:14-15
Amplified Bible (AMP)
14Then they wept aloud again; and Orpah [a]kissed her mother-in-law [good-bye], but Ruth clung to her.

    15And Naomi said, See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.

   

Footnotes:
Ruth 1:14 “How many part with Christ at this crossway! Like Orpah they go a furlong or two with Christ, till He goes to take them off from their worldly hopes and bids them prepare for hardship, and then they fairly kiss and leave Him” (William Gurnall, cited by James C. Gray and George M. Adams, Bible Commentary).

Orpah was loth to part from her; yet she did not love her well enough to leave Moab for her sake. Thus, many have a value and affection for Christ, yet come short of salvation by him, because they will not forsake other things for him. They love him, yet leave him, because they do not love him enough, but love other things better.

Remember Lot’s Wife…

Genesis 19:26
Amplified Bible (AMP)
26But [Lot’s] wife looked back from behind him, and she [a]became a pillar of salt.

   She not only looked back, she went back…vs 22 says that the angel could not do anything unto Lot was out. Vs 23 Lot came out, but his wife went back…

Footnotes:
Genesis 19:26 Lot’s wife not only “looked back” to where her heart’s interests were, but she lingered behind; and probably overtaken by the fire and brimstone, her dead body became incrusted with salt, which, in that salt-packed area now the Dead Sea, grew larger with more incrustations–a veritable “pillar of salt.” In fact, at the southern end of the Dead Sea there is a mountain of table salt called Jebel Usdum, “Mount of Sodom.” It is about six miles long, three miles wide, and 1,000 feet high. It is covered with a crust of earth several feet thick, but the rest of the mountain is said to be solid salt (George T. B. Davis, Rebuilding Palestine According to Prophecy). Somewhere in this area Lot’s wife looked back to where her treasures and her heart were, and “she became a pillar of salt.” Jesus said, “Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32).

We all come to a place where a decision has to be made. Do we hold on to our past and our old ways. Do we hold on to the world’s ways or do we turn to God and follow His ways?

1 Kings 18:21
And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

Joshua 24:15
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

It is time to make a choice…

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