Over the last year, my husband and I have moved our family from East Texas to Central Texas, where he now works. Although it’s still Texas, it’s a world away. Everything has changed for us. We’ve gone from a suburban setting to a little farm. Our oldest is leaving for college, and our youngest will start a new high school. We have a new church home, new grocery store, new people, new routines, new everything. And, to the community, we’re the “new” folks. Everybody wants to know where we came from and why. This gives me a small taste of Ruth’s adventure. Well, minus the poverty and begging in a field for grain... But, you know what I mean!
Read Ruth 2:1-12.
1. How is Boaz described to us? How do we see his true character in this passage?
2. Ruth asked Naomi if she could go collect grain. How does she continue to treat her mother-in-law?
3. In verse 3, what phrase is used to teach us about God’s sovereignty over our lives?
4. Describe Ruth’s work ethic.
5. When Ruth asks Boaz why he is so kind to her, how does he answer? How is God using Boaz as His extended wings of protection and provision for Ruth and Naomi?
People in our society are probably quick to assume that Boaz had hidden motives with Ruth, but this wasn’t the case. He was honorable, caring, and sent by God to protect Ruth. He was a man above reproach, and is a refreshing reminder of God’s fatherly love for each of us! We can thank God for both Ruth and Boaz’s examples of honorable character as we study, and learn from them.
CONNECT: There is so much to connect into our lives here. I’m sure that the Lord has already used this passage to teach you, as He has with me! To end, here’s an application:
Reflect on a time when you felt labeled, isolated, or just plain overwhelmed by your situation. How did the Lord intervene in a way you weren’t expecting to provide and cover you with His love?
This is the grace and sovereignty of our good God. He is always at work. Yes, our situations can be devastating, but He is present. I am encouraged - and hope that you are too - to keep working, keep seeking, and keep trusting Him. He is faithful to provide!
“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2