5.7.23 - Life Lessons Of Three Widows

Midway Baptist Church Sermons

Jan 11 2024 • 48 mins

Text: Ruth 1:6-17 Opening Statement: In each of these widows there are lessons to learn. In one we have a troubling example, in one a tragic example, and finally in one a thrilling example. These three widows illustrate three responses of people. First, we see in Naomi: I) A DISCOURAGING WIDOW (6-13) Naomi illustrates how the life of a believer that is not living for God, is often a discouragement to others knowing God. As we view this scene, we see that: A) Naomi Was Being Observed When she started back her daughters-in-law followed her. In their hour of grief, they looked to her for guidance. They were watching to see what Naomi would do. Whatever she did, they would do. Every action and step of Naomi was being observed. We as believers need to be constantly reminded that we are being watched by the unsaved. Whether we admit it or not, accept it or not, or acknowledge it or not, we are being watched by those around us. As we continue looking at this scene, we also see that: B) Naomi Was Being Obstructive One of the chief occupations of a believer is to try and lead unbelievers to the Lord. A person going to heaven is to work to take people to heaven. Naomi was only thinking of their material circumstances rather than their spiritual condition. She was only thinking of their physical needs and not their spiritual needs. Naomi reminds us of those who are professing Christians but are not practicing Christians. The second widow in our story that I want us to consider is Orpah. In her we see: II) A DEPARTING WIDOW (14) Orpah illustrates those who turn away from God and reject Him as their Lord and Savior. As we look at Orpah, we first see her: A) Returning To Moab Orpah chose to stay in a cursed land. She chose to live in a place of spiritual darkness and desolation. Orpah reminds us of those who are given the opportunity to be saved, yet they reject that offer and choose to live a life without God. We not only see Orpah returning to Moab, but we also see her: B) Remaining In Moab How tragic it is for someone to have heard the Gospel; to have been given the opportunity to be saved; to say no, and then die lost without God. The great tragedy is that not one person in hell had to go there. All could have been saved, but they like Orpah rejected the opportunity to be saved. The third widow in this story is Ruth. In her we see: III) A DECIDING WIDOW (16-17) We see Ruth making a decision that changed her life. We read that instead of leaving Naomi, “Ruth clave unto her” (Vs.14). The decision Ruth made gave her a: A) New Life Salvation gives a person a new life. Paul said, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things pass away and behold all things are become new” (II Cor.5:17). Salvation makes us a new person and gives us a new life. We also see that her decision gave her a: B) New Lord No doubt she had worshipped the false idols and false gods of Moab. She had known nothing but paganism. Now she has a new Lord in her life. Her life is now centered around Him and His people. Finally, we see that her decision gave her a: C) New Loyalty Ruth was saying, “This decision is for the rest of my life.” She had no desire to go back nor plans to return. Her decision was for time and eternity. There is nothing behind us and everything before us. Closing Statement: Which of these poor widows best represents the life you are living right now? If you are saved and away from the Lord, I invite you to come home. If you are lost and are thinking about a life of faith, I invite you to receive Jesus today. If you are saved, secure and settled I invite you to come before Him to worship, praise and thank Him for grace. Watch us here on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page https://midwaybaptistnc.org https://facebook.com/midwaybaptistnc