The Story of Orpah – Ruth’s Forgotten Sister-in-Law

            We all know the story of Ruth. She stayed with Naomi her mother-in-law and God had favor upon her life and she married Boaz. Ruth and Boaz ended up being the great grandparents to David. They are in the lineage of Jesus Christ. We celebrate Ruth’s faithfulness to her mother-in-law, but we forget Orpah and her faithfulness. After the death of Ruth’s sons, the husbands to Ruth and Orpah, both the daughters-in-law stayed with her. They were both committed to Naomi. Orpah only left because Naomi asked her to.

            Ruth’s destiny was to go back with Naomi and marry Boaz, while Orpah’s destiny was to go back home. Just because we did not get to see out Orpah’s story does not mean it was not a great one. Their stories can be used as a lesson to us. Some people are called to have grand adventures and do great things, while some are not.

Psalms 139:16, “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book, they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”

            The above verse tells us that God knew about our lives before our substance was formed. We must seek God and ask Him His plans for our lives because that is when we will be fulfilled. We cannot be jealous and envious of other people and their lives because that is what God has called them to do. Plus, we must remember that we believers will stand before Jesus and give an account of what we have done with what He has given us.

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