This week for Women’s Bible Study we will be starting our study of the book of Ruth.
I hope you were able to listen to the talk on Ruth and below you will find further questions and thoughts to help you dig deeper into some of the things I talked about. Why not ask a friend to do the study with you and talk about these things?
Galatians 6:9 says Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Hebrews 11:24-26 says By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
How do these verses encourage you to stand firm where God has you?
In these verses in Ruth 1:16-17 we learn about Ruth’s loyalty and obedience to God. We see her desire to change her circumstances so she can continue to stand firm in her decision to follow God. We also see her loyalty to Naomi in these verses. We won’t be able to make it if our motivation for obedience is based on anything but our relationship with God. Remember Ruth was willing to leave her home to do what was right for her in her relationship with God.
Can you think of an area in your life/heart that you need to change in order to completely give yourself to God?
How does Ruth’s loyalty to Naomi encourage you to show this same type of committed loyalty to a friend or loved one?
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything…Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Remember that in this life, you are not alone. We are in this together and not one of us is perfect. So have hope in our God who has not left you alone and will finish what he began in you!
Holy Bible, New International Version, 2011
Minter, K, 2009, Ruth: Loss, Love and Legacy, LifeWay Press, Tennessee