Introduction: The book of Ruth takes place during the time of Judges. This was a very bad time for the Israelites. Many people were doing sinful things, including worshipping idols and gods who weren’t really God. Because of this, life was hard for the Israelites. During one hard time, Israel was experiencing a famine, a time when there was not enough food for everyone. That led some Israelites to move to other areas. One family of a father, mother, and two sons moved to Moab. Their names were Elimelech, Naomi, Mahlon, and Chilion.
Read Ruth 1:1-5
Devotional: Naomi’s husband Elimelech died, and then her two sons died. Only she and her two daughters-in-law remained. After the famine in Israel ended, it was time for her to move back home. She told her daughters-in-law Orpah and Ruth to stay in their homeland of Moab and find new husbands for themselves. That is what Orpah decided to do. Ruth, however, was not going to leave Naomi.
Read Ruth 1:16-17
It is obvious that Naomi had a great influence on the woman Ruth had become. Even though Ruth had come from a place that believed in a different god other than the God, she now believed in the true God just like Naomi. God has always wanted for his people to tell others about Him so that they too can come to know Him.
Read Ruth 4:14-17
After Ruth moves back with Naomi, she meets a kind man named Boaz. Boaz helped take care of Ruth and Naomi by providing food for them. Eventually, Ruth and Boaz get married and have a son named Obed. Obed is raised as though Naomi is his grandmother. The amazing thing about Ruth’s life is that she will eventually become the great-grandmother of King David. That also means that Ruth is now one of the ancestors of Jesus! Ruth is a special woman in the Bible, but we would probably never know about her had Naomi not been such a good example for Ruth.
DISCUSSION: What are some ways we can talk to others about God?
Prayer: In your prayer, thank God for being a God of all people. Ask him to help show you ways to talk to others about Him.