What does it take to be a woman of faith? What is the most important trait we need to be used by God? How do we acquire that trait?
In today’s episode of All God’s Women we look at Ruth, a simple woman from a pagan country and yet she’s honored with the distinction of having a book of the Bible named after her and being a part of the lineage of Christ. So what was it that God saw in Ruth that set her apart from other women?
In the All God’s Women Bible study group I asked each of the women to share their favorite woman of the Bible. At the top of the list was Ruth. Hers is a story that inspires women of all ages. But who was Ruth? What is it about her that distinguishes her and endears her to everyone.
I’ve got to admit, up until now, I never understood the appeal of Ruth. She seemed so simple and unexciting. I much preferred Naomi who had more spunk. But as I’ve delved into the story of Ruth, I realize it’s her simplicity that makes her so extraordinary.
The story of Ruth is such a refreshing story of the Bible. In the midst of times of violence and corruption, we have this sweet love story about an unpretentious pagan woman who takes care of her mother-in-law and ends up in the lineage of Jesus.
In today’s times of confusion and chaos, it’s easy to assume that God is looking for super heroes to perform magnificent tasks. But what if God just needs sincere women with servant hearts to take care of those around them?
Sounds easy enough, but it’s not without sacrifice. Ruth had to leave behind her old life to embark on a journey with an unforeseen future. The journey alone, two women traveling from Moah to Bethlehem was fraught with dangers. Settling in a foreign country with no guarantees that she’d ever be accepted by the Israelites. It was a risk that Ruth took. But it paid off.
If we truly want to be women of God, all we have to do is to leave behind our past life and follow Him and serve Him however He calls us. It may involve stepping out blindly in faith, knowing that danger will be lurking all around us. It could be staying where we’re at and listening to those who are spiritually wise and who can guide us on our walk.
Whoever we are and whatever God calls us to do, it will involve sacrifice and serving. But it’s through that sacrifice and serving that we find our place in God’s ultimate plan for our life.
Bible Study Review
- What was the name of Ruth’s first husband? What was the meaning of his name?
- What kind of work did Ruth find to do when they arrived in Bethlehem?
- Who was Naomi and Ruth’s kinsman-redeemer?
- What was the name of Ruth’s son?
Thoughts to Ponder
- Why might Ruth have wanted to leave her home country?
- What was it about Naomi that made Ruth want to follow her?
- Who all were affected by Ruth’s decision to follow Naomi to Bethlehem?
- What might have happened had Ruth not followed Naomi’s advice and proposed to Boaz?
- Would you be willing to leave where you’re at and start over in a new country?
- Are you willing to take advice from others, even when it doesn’t necessarily make sense to you?
- What do you think are the most important qualities to look for in a spouse?
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