Day 1 – Ruth 1-4

Opening Prayer: Lord, please bless my time in Your Word today. Reveal Your truth and draw me closer to You.

Are you ready for an adventure? Okay! Read through the entire book of Ruth. (Yes, all four chapters.) It should take all of ten minutes. Afterword, you can say you read through a whole book of the Bible in one sitting! More importantly, you’ll see God’s providence and planned redemption from beginning to end. Go ahead, I’ll wait…

Wasn’t that amazing!

In your 4R journal:

  • Record: After reading this short story, what verse stood out to you?
  • Respond: Write a short prayer of praise in response to what God has shown you.

My Verse: Ruth 4:14, “Then the women of the town said to Naomi, ‘Praise the LORD, who has now provided a redeemer for your family!’ May this child be famous in Israel.”

My Response: Oh Lord, You are my redeemer too! You still provide and save people from destruction. Thank you for revealing Yourself so powerfully through Ruth and pointing the way to The Redeemer, Jesus Christ!

 This time, as I read through the book of Ruth, I was reminded how hopeless and helpless I am without God. Since I was saved at twenty-eight-years-old, I can relate to the emptiness and despair Naomi felt as she found herself alone and destitute. And Ruth, with her devotion to Naomi, still needed rescuing too. At first, it seems like Naomi is right in saying, “The LORD has dealt bitterly with me.” But, as God leads her back home, we see His beautiful plan of redemption unfold.

God’s grace and sovereignty resonates throughout this story and lands on my heart like cool rain on a hot, muggy day. Imagine Ruth holding Obed in her arms and asking, “Why me? Why am I so incredibly blessed?” I think God would say, “Because I love to give good gifts to my children! Because I am faithful! Because I have a plan and it’s fantastic!”

“May the Lord reward your work and may your wages be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.” (Ruth 2:12 NASB)

The next step:

When the Spirit leads, share your response in the comment section below.

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  • Sharon Gamble
    March 1, 2023 12:24 pm

    I chose Ruth 2:12 “May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.”

    Thank You, Father, for being my place of refuge. I love being nestled close to You, imagining the shelter of Your great big wings …


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