Ruth is not so much the story of Naomi’s provision but of God’s sufficiency. It is not so much a love story between Ruth and Boaz as it is between Ruth and God. And it is not so much a story of friendship between Ruth and Naomi as it is a story of the faithful friendship of God to them both.
As we continue through the book of Ruth, make no mistake: like every other Bible book, the book of Ruth is ultimately about the exclusive glory of the one true God, and the foolishness and futility of seeking help anywhere else. Let us, like Ruth, exclaim with abandon: “You are my God, and where you go I will go!”
1) Naomi, the Double-minded Saint (vv.6-13):
Point to ponder: Discouragement breeds discouragement. When you are doubting and reserved in your faith, so will be your advise and example to others.
Question to consider: What impact are you having on your family and friends — encouraging real faith or pointing them to more “realistic” solutions?
2) Orpah, the Sensible Unbeliever (vv.14a):
Point to ponder: Sincerity is not the same thing as safety; good excuses are not the same as good decisions.
Question to consider: How have you been justifying unbelief to yourself, rather than trusting God?
3) Ruth, the Brave Believer (vv.14b-18):
Point to ponder: Ruth left everything to follow God, in spite of counsel (even from another believer!) not to.
Question to consider: What would happen if you said to God today, “You are my God, and where you go I will go!”? What would it cost you? What would you gain?