The theme of Ruth is how God’s people experience His sovereignty, wisdom, and covenant kingdom, even under difficult circumstances. Few stories in the Bible are told from a woman’s viewpoint, but in Ruth, the writer gives attention to feminine values and feelings. Also, Boaz, in his role as kinsman-redeemer, presents a striking figure of a man who embodies the Lord’s own kindness. The Book of Ruth exalts virtuous womanhood and strong manhood. Ruth is one of the only two books in the Bible named after a woman, Ruth and Esther. Interestingly, Ruth is a Gentile woman who marries a Hebrew man. Esther is a Jewish woman who marries a Gentile man. Ruth is not only a love story, but it is also a tremendous example of how redemption changes everything. This 12-page devotion takes you through Ruth a chapter a day for 4 days.
Comment. Maybe like Naomi, you think you have been dealt a bitter hand from the Lord. Maybe you have suffered greatly. Maybe you have lost members of your family. Maybe you have been divorced. Maybe you are suffering under a health issue. Maybe you lost your job. Maybe, like Naomi, you feel bitter against God. But this is only chapter 1 of the Book of Ruth. Let’s see what God does with Naomi’s bitterness. It may give you hope for your own bitterness.
Prayer. Father, we thank You for the acts of kindness we see in Ruth 2. Our world needs kindness today. Help us, Lord, as Christians look around our world and see where we can be kind to someone today. As we do, may we understand You are working around us in our lives. You are sovereign and You can provide a blessing even under new or difficult circumstances. To God be the glory. In Your name, we pray. Amen.
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