Day 1: Read Ruth 2:2-3. In Brazil, they use the term Jesusidencia. (zhaysoos-adencia), a combination of the words Jesus and coincidence. They use it to emphasize the idea that Jesus is really the One behind what we would typically consider a random event. It's not random, because He's in control. What Jesusidencia does Ruth experience? What has been your Jesusidencia moment in your life the past week? Who did you share your Jesusidencia moment with?
Day 2: Read Ruth 2:5-9, 15-16. When you take the first step, you also open the door to God bringing the right people into your life. How does Ruth step into this Jesusidencia? How is God’s love powerfully at work in her labor? His grace in her growth? What step is God inviting or challenging you to step out in love?
Day 3: Read Ruth 2:10. Commentator Warren Wiersbe writes, “If our circumstances change for the better, but we remain the same, then we will become worse. God's purpose in providence is not to make us comfortable, but to make us conformable...conformable to the image of his Son.” As your life has changed in the past year, how is God shaping you to the image of Jesus?
Day 4: Read Ruth 2:13. When we go through difficult times we have a habit of asking, "Why me?" When we go through blessings, we should also remember to ask, "Why me?" It helps us to remain humbly grateful for all God has done. As you consider your life in the past 24 hours, where are you humbly grateful?
Day 5: Read Ruth 2:11-12. Why is Boaz so moved by Ruth’s work? Who has moved you by his or her work? Who might say they are closer to God because they saw God’s love at work in and through your life?
Day 6: Read Ruth 2:17 and 2.23. God wants you to develop the quality of consistent persistence. You live each day to the best of your ability, day-after-day-after-day, and you stay with it till the very end. The result for Ruth is God’s blessing. Her faithful expression of God’s love brings God’s blessing and care. How have you seen the value of consistent persistence at work in your life? His love producing your labor to bless others as Ruth blesses Naomi?
You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the books The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules by Carolyn Custis James and A Loving Life in a World of Broken Relationships by Paul Miller.