Friday, April 20, 2012

Bible Reading Challenge Week 16 Day 5

Our reading challenge for the day is Ruth 1-4. I’ll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?

Naomi lost it all. She was driven from her homeland by famine, her husband and sons died, she had only two daughters-in-law who were foreigners and would not be readily accepted in Israel. She had nothing. Yet God favored her with Ruth, one of her daughters-in-law, who trusted God and returned with her to Israel.

Ruth’s diligence in gleaning caught the attention of Boaz, who was related to the family closely enough to become a guardian. The Lord blessed them and brought them together in marriage. This not only rescued Naomi from poverty but served in God’s greater plan to bless all nations, for Ruth became the great-grandmother of king David.

We never know how the Lord will appoint our paths or what his providence might be. We simply follow the road he places us on.

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