10.24.2017



"The real love story in this book is not about Boaz and Ruth, though. The real love story is behind the scenes. It is the love of God for his straying sheep. It is the love that prevented him from simply ending the world when Adam and Eve first sinned. It is the love that chose and called Abraham and then persisted in pursuing his rebellious offspring. It is the love that would not let them go, in spite of their centuries-long history of rebellion and idolatry. This love causes the sun to shine and the rain to fall. In the lives of God’s children, this love feeds us our daily food and clothes us. In his Providence , his love may bring us godly friends to encourage us and a godly spouse with whom to share our lives. For all these good gifts of God’s love, we should be truly thankful.

This love took its fullest shape in the coming of Jesus Christ. His love for us took him much further than a grain pile at midnight. It caused him to leave the glories of heaven and come down and live as an ordinary worker. It led him to come as a baby to Bethlehem, where he found no refuge. Unlike Ruth, there was no place of rest for Jesus in Bethlehem, no godly Boaz to protect him. Instead, he had to make do with a temporary place in a stable, before he was driven out, having to fee for his life even when he was a baby. And this love caused Jesus to abandon his eternal glory and become a servant, someone who was of no reputation, despised and rejected by men.


This same love of God took Jesus all the way to the cross. There, in the midst of a darkness far deeper than any ordinary midnight, he offered himself up for the sins of his people. There he was abandoned by God the Father, who turned aside his face because he would not and could not look upon his own Son, disfigured as he was by bearing our sin. Jesus didn’t just risk his life; he gave it. Why? Is it because we are such wonderful people and we thoroughly deserve it? Certainly not! It is because God was so committed to saving sinners like us, and this was the only way it could be done. It is because God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. It is because of God’s covenant faithfulness to the underserving." -- Ian Duguid

10.22.2017



“Those who knew Boaz even a little would know that his covenant God must be a God of tenderness and compassion, of great sweetness and gentleness in his righteous dealings with his children. We cannot hide what we really believe God is like. Our personal disposition is an unending expression of our understanding of and trust in his character. How we live, how we respond to challenges, crises and trials, reveals what we really believe about God, what we really think ‘deep down’ about him.” Ferguson

10.21.2017

10.20.2017

The Bible Project put together this visual storytelling of the book of Ruth. Check it out! If you're interested in their other animated resources, visit the Bible Project website.

10.18.2017



“We who live in the New Testament era should see the constant faithfulness and glorious grace of this God even more clearly than Naomi did. In the Scriptures, we have written down for us the rich history of God’s long-suffering with his rebellious children. We know more fully that the Father stands with open arms and open heart, scanning the horizon for the returning prodigal, eager to welcome her home. He doesn’t just allow us grudging admission to glean in his field; he invites us to his table to partake in his feast.”
--Ian Duguid

10.17.2017

When God Writes Your Story in a Way You Didn't Want -- Vaneetha Rendall Risner







“When confronted with suffering that won’t go away or with even a minor problem, we instinctively focus on what is missing…not on the Master’s hand. Often when you think everything has gone wrong, it’s just that you’re in the middle of a story.” -- Paul Miller

Follow this link to Vaneetha's blog post:

When God Writes Your Story in a Way You Didn't Want

10.16.2017

10.13.2017





“Like Naomi, we may be so busy complaining about our emptiness that we miss the fact that God has emptied our hands only in order to fill them with something so much better.
God sometimes takes away the things that have become precious to us because they are supporting us in our life of sin and hardness of heart toward him. Alternatively, he sometimes takes away things that were good in themselves because he wants to use our lives as a powerful testimony of the sufficiency of his relentless grace in the midst of our weakness and loss. Invariably, though, he has not brought these trials and losses into our lives because he hates us and is seeking to afflict us, or to get even with us for our sin. On the contrary, if we are his children, he loves us and through this loss wants us to receive something far more precious than all of the trinkets to which we become so desperately attached. He wants to give us more of himself.”
--Ian Duguid

10.12.2017



“God does not enter into relationship with us to give us everything that we think we want. He draws us to himself that we might find security, contentment, peace, and joy in him. To get us to that point, he sometimes uses difficult times to show us our dependence. He may use the consequences of our sin or of somebody else’s sin. He may use hardship that is traceable to nobody’s sin. He brings us to a point of weakness to demonstrate his greatness and goodness. Weaned from carnal affections, we delight in what is dear to God’s heart, entrust ourselves to his care, and let him work in our circumstances for his glory.” -- Dean Ulrich

10.11.2017

"Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went away full and the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the Lord has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?" -- Ruth 1:20-21