Facts About The Book Of Ruth
- Date: Around 1000 B.C.
- Old Testament
- Themes to consider are:
Friends In Christ
Ruth and Naomi have a beautiful relationship, and it’s one that is inspiring. Friends, especially friends in Christ, are important to have. Why? When you’re down or you need a little help or advice, a friend in Christ is a wonderful person to have around. A true friend in Christ will give you what you need to hear not what you want to hear. They will also advise you on what’s best for you and what follows God’s word. Of course, turning to God first in prayer when you need help should be your first step, but also turning to a friend can help too. Treat it as an added step or being active in what God wants for you.
“But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16
If we haven’t talked to God first, a friend in Christ may also point this out to us. A friend that asks “Have you prayed about it?” isn’t trying to be a pain, but the opposite. They want the best for you. Be cautious with whom you seek advice from, some have selfish motives who ultimately want you to do something for them.One of my friends in Christ is my fiance. He’s someone who I can turn to and ask any questions I may have, do devotionals with, pray with, and more. His mom, my future mother-in-law, is also an amazing friend in Christ. Invest in friends that are not only your age but older, and even younger. You’ll never realize how much you can learn from young people until you open your hearts and minds to them. Young children are some of my best teachers because they are full of innocence and honesty.
Some questions to keep in mind when reading Ruth:
1. What makes someone a “friend in Christ”?
2. Who are my friends in Christ?
3. How can I be a friend in Christ to someone else?
Loyalty & Commitment To God
Having a commitment to God is the most important commitment you can have and it should be number one on your list of commitments. We so often fall behind in keeping up our commitment to Christ, myself included. It’s important that we can examine our own commitments to Christ.
Loyalty is also important. Ruth had loyalty to Naomi, but more importantly had loyalty to God. Loyalty and commitment go hand in hand and they work together to form one whole. When you are loyal you stick to your commitment and you work hard to fulfill your commitment. Fulfilling half your commitment to God or only giving it a quarter of your effort is not a sign of loyalty to God.
11 “Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband – how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with people you did not know before. 12 May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” Ruth 2:11-12
Ruth’s commitment and loyalty to God helped her, God helped her. The Lord kept Ruth and Naomi safe through Boaz. Ruth worked in Boaz’s fields where the men that worked there were ordered not to cause her any kind of harm. Ruth was given food to take to her mother-in-law because her Christ-like acts were recognized by Boaz. When we commit our lives and actions to God and are loyal to God, only good can come in return.
Some questions to keep in mind while reading Ruth:
1. What are commitments I have to God?
2. What does being loyal to God look like?
What Do Godly Guys Like About Godly Girls?
Ruth was in a position that is unthinkable and scary. She was widowed at a young age. I’m sure at some points Ruth felt like she may never find love again, it’s only human to think that. God had other plans in mind for Ruth, though.
A Godly man is going to notice more than just your smile, how funny you are, or how beautiful everyone thinks that you are. While it isn’t wrong for him to think all of those things about you, they just aren’t at the top of the list of importance. What Boaz noticed about Ruth wasn’t her looks, but how she treated others. Ruth treated people with love and compassion, especially her mother-in-law Naomi.
13 “So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. Then he went to her, and the Lord enabled her to concieve, and she gave birth to a son. 14 The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel!” Ruth 4:13-14
Ruth was also a hard worker. When Ruth moved with Naomi, she worked hard to make sure she and Naomi were taken care of. Ruth worked hard in Boaz’s field and Boaz took notice of that. Ruth also worked hard at her relationship with God and learned about him daily through Naomi’s teaching and wisdom.
This section isn’t just about what Godly Guys want in a woman, but also what a Godly Woman wants in a man. These points above go hand and hand for each person. What’s important to know is, the more you focus on God the more you’ll be able to see what guy is “Godly” and a good fit for you. Don’t just settle for any guy, God doesn’t want you with just any guy. God has the perfect man picked out just for you, be patient and wait for God to bring him to you!
Some questions to keep in mind while reading Ruth:
1. What are qualities and characteristics in a “Godly Man or Woman”?
2. Why is it important to wait for the person God has picked for you?
3. How can I be a “Godly Man or Woman”?