1. We all face consequences when we forsake or disobey God.
2. There is always a mystery to what God’s up to and to suffering. We are called to trust God and his goodness.
3. We must also guard against the wrong thinking that our suffering is always tied to specific sins of ours or choices we have made in the past.
4. We are invited in this story to walk with Naomi and with Ruth and to discover with them that our God is indeed trustworthy and good and gracious and merciful.
5. We can trust in God’s goodness not only because the Bible tells us how God redeems Naomi and Ruth and the people of Israel, but also because the Bible tells us that God is like the father of the prodigal son in Luke 15. The father did not sit in his living room with his feet up, waiting for his son to come crawling home on his hands and knees. No. He ran to meet him on the road. God comes running to meet us in Jesus Christ.
1. Because God is holy, he cannot treat sin as if it is nothing. Those who forsake God and disobey Him, God must condemn and discipline. What are some sins in your life that you must forsake? What is it in that sin that makes you believe there is greener grass in Moab than the land of God’s promise?
2. It is easy to believe that we have travelled too far down the road of sin and it’s too late to return to God. What have you learned about God in the story of Naomi that motivates you to turn to God for help?
3. What are some challenges you are facing or some important decisions you have to make in your life? What seems “good in your own eyes?” How does the story of Naomi encourage you to trust God and his goodness?
4. Meditate on Romans 8:32. “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”
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