We are very excited to be studying the book of Ruth with you.
Ruth takes place during the time of the Judges, and as we begin reading we see the curtain lift on a scene of the tragedy. Naomi, who had already lost her husband, now mourns the loss of both of her sons.
As Naomi makes the hard decision to leave the home she shared with her husband and children and go back to the land where she was raised, Orpah, her daughter-in-law, decides to return to her family in the land of Moab. More loss.
But then we meet Ruth. Ruth is also a Moabite woman, but it is evident that she has come to accept the one true God as her own God (Ruth 1:16). With this love for the Lord comes a love for and devotion to Naomi that causes her to pledge her life to her. Together these two widows travel to Naomi’s hometown of Bethlehem.
While Ruth is a story of loss and heartache, we also see mourning turn to dancing. We see women who are alone and destitute find love and acceptance. We will see themes of loyalty, kindness, boldness, love, and redemption. But ultimately, Ruth is a book about the providence of God. While these two ladies traveled with utter sadness and fear of the unknown towards Bethlehem, they did not realize that God was leading them to a place of hope and redemption.
In the book of Ruth, we see Romans 8:28 come to life:
And we know that for those who love God
all things work together for good,
for those who are called according to His purpose.
In Ruth we see God take ordinary people through painful events to manifest His glory and bring about their good. We should never underestimate the seemingly small events in our lives. Whether it is caring for family, getting married, working, showing kindness to our neighbors, or raising children… all of it is being used by God for the good of those who love Him, for His glory, and for the salvation of others.
No event or person is insignificant in the plan of God. This study should fill us with great hope as we see every event and person sovereignly placed in God’s beautiful patchwork, whose final piece will be the return of Christ Himself.
Looking to Jesus,
We also have a corresponding kid’s Ruth journal geared for children in the elementary grades. You can also grab the children’s journal at this location.