Ruth’s world had fallen apart. When the life she enjoyed and the future she anticipated were ripped away from her, there didn’t seem to be anything left to live for. How do you recover from a loss that deep? And how do you not become resentful and bitter toward God? In the midst of a turbulent period in Israel’s history, the story of Ruth stands out as a picture of hope, resilience and redemption.
“Loss” (Ruth 1:1-22)
Naomi goes from “Pleasant” to “Bitter” as she loses her home, husband, and sons. Life is like that sometimes: God seems absent. But there’s a glimmer of hope as we see Ruth’s loyalty and the return to Bethlehem during harvest time.
“Perseverance” (Ruth 2:1-23)
Despite the tremendous loss and resulting poverty and loneliness, Ruth remains loyal to Naomi and works hard. God’s sovereign grace is seen in her “random” discovery of field belonging to Boaz.
“Risk” (Ruth 3:1-18)
As Ruth & Naomi learn more about Boaz, Ruth takes a big step of faith and seeks “rest” in Boaz.
Entering a relationship with God—and most other worthwhile things in life—always involves a risky step of faith.
“Redemption” (Ruth 4:1-22)
Boaz’s heart is passionately drawn to Ruth, and he takes the necessary legal steps to redeem her and bring her into a marriage with himself. Direct gospel connection.