The Initiative of Ruth

(Begin with 1-2 minutes of silence)

Ruth 1:12 May the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.

Many of us in the modern world don’t concern ourselves much about our next meal. We have plenty of food in the cabinets, refrigerator, or freezer and aren’t concerned about going hungry. But Ruth and Naomi were in a pretty dire situation. With no husbands and very little (if any) funds, they weren’t sure exactly where their next meal would come from. 

Fortunately, God had provided laws to the people of Israel that would ensure widows, orphans, foreigners, and the poor would have opportunities to eat. People in these categories would follow the workers in the fields and would collect any grain that was dropped or left behind. 

Ruth took the initiative to go out into the fields, hoping to find somebody kind enough to allow her to do so. Her initiative paid off in the fields of a man named Boaz. He could see Ruth’s dedication to Naomi and wanted to ensure she was blessed for everything she had done. 

READING & PRAYERS:

     RUTH 2:1-23 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)

QUESTION: Take the opportunity to consider how God may be inviting you to serve widows, orphans, foreigners, and the poor? 

Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I confess that it’s often easier for me to make a donation to other organizations who may be serving the widows, orphans, foreigners, and the poor, than it is for me to be Your hands and feet to serve them. Continue to mold and shape me into somebody who doesn’t simply offer lip service to the real needs of this world, but somebody who loves all others as Jesus did. In His name. Amen. 

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