Day 1: Read Ruth 1:1-5. What does your name mean? If you were to give yourself a name for this season in your life, what name would you give yourself? What might be a new name God wants to give you as you move from bad to better?
Day 2: Read Ruth 1:7. When has God used suffering in your life to get you on the road from bad to better? What lessons of endurance did you (are you) learn(ing) along that road? What steps do you need to get back on, or continue, along the road that brings you closer to God?
Day 3: Read Ruth 1:9-10. Why are some friendships strengthened or weakened by being on the road from bad to better? What friend has stood by you in tough times? (Thank God for him or her!) What friend needs you to stand by them? What will you do to help? (Start with prayer!)
Day 4: Read Ruth 1:16-17. Ruth makes six commitments to Naomi in these verses. She locks herself into a relationship of unconditional love towards Naomi. Besides God, who shows you such unconditional love? Why? Who do you show such unconditional love towards? Why?
Day 5: Read Ruth 1:20-21. Is there (or has there been) an area of your life where you have let bitterness take root? How does the story of Naomi and Ruth show God might have a bigger plan in mind than bitterness?
Day 6: Read Ruth 1:22. A seed of hope is planted in this verse. After a time of famine and tragedy, a harvest has begun. As you look at your life today, what signs do you see of God moving you along a better road in life? Yesterday we looked at bitterness, today what blessings do you see God beginning to work in your life?
You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the book The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules by Carolyn Custis James. You can also learn more about Biblical names from Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.