31 Women from the Bible – Naomi

          When looking for leadership examples in the bible, there are many! We are all aware of the leadership skills of Moses, Nehemiah, David, and most importantly Jesus, but as a young women desire more, particularly someone that be could relate to.   This woman of God was only discussed in reference to another person, for whom an entire Book was named. Yet, the qualities and guidance demonstrated by her are important and impactful, as her posture sets precedence for women of today.  Young women are seeking leadership and direction, and this woman displays love, compassion, patience, wisdom and insight, as sought by today’s Christian woman.

And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone

          According to 1 Thessalonians 5:13,we are to influence and encourage others.   It is now that single believers need strong Christian women to purpose in their heart to guide the  young women of today, as our future is in their hands and they will be held accountable.

           Often offered to women for guidance in dating and marriage, the book of Ruth is the story of dedication, patience, and love. Much emphasis is placed upon the relationship between Boaz and Ruth, without much regard to Naomi.   Likewise, Naomi, bitter and mean after the loss of her husband, isn’t how one normally characterizes a leader, nor would one seek to learn more about her.  However, upon further review, I noticed the importance of Naomi as the hand of God worked through her to effectively lead Ruth to Boaz. Naomi pressed through her pain, and allowed God to use her, resulting in substantive life changes for herself, Ruth and Boaz.  Again, inherent traits that were built upon and demonstrated by Naomi’s life and not through any proclamation which are the reasons I was lead to Naomi.

           As discussed by Dr. Myles Monroe, “leaders are often ordinary people who accept or are placed in extraordinary circumstances that bring forth their latent potential, producing a character that inspires trust and confidence in others”.  Naomi had an extraordinary circumstance.  She was “alone” in a foreign land, after the death of her sons, with no hope for the future.  Naomi, an older adult, with little resources, wanted to return home to her people and her God.  In effort to go back home alone to wallow in sorrow, Naomi pushed her daughter in laws to stay in their own land.   However, her vision for better in Bethlehem and her influence, as the mother of Ruth’s late husband, led Ruth to follow Naomi.  Although the relationship between Ruth and Naomi is never discussed, Ruth’s dedication to Naomi leads us to believe that this woman of God lived a life filled with love and compassion.

           Naomi lived a life full of ups and downs, similar to many of us today.  However, in her desire to serve God and her family, she led a young lady to marry and successfully begin the lineage of King David.  No, this woman of God was not heralded for guiding Ruth to Boaz, but as a young woman seeking the leadership of a strong Christian woman, appreciate and celebrate Naomi’s strength and leadership.  It was her love that strengthened the relationship with Ruth, and led Ruth to seek a God and land she did not know.   When God appoints and anoint a leader, even in bitterness, he will continue a good work, which in this situation improved the situation for both women.  Yes, Naomi defines a strong biblical leader, and all Christian women need a Naomi in our lives.

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