The purposes God sets forth for His Church
Ken Vance speaks about his and Debbie's time as a Missionary in Africa.
God used Ruth to bring about a blessing Ruth would have no idea about. Ruth was simply making the best choices she could for her life at the time. What do you suppose Ruth was thinking now that she was married to Boaz? In what ways have you seen God take a situation and use it to bring about His blessings for you or someone else? Have you ever looked back at something that seemed insignificant at the time only to see how significant it was in bringing about God's good and perfect will? What thoughts went through your mind regarding that experience? Have you ever stopped to think that today's decision, action, or spoken word may be part of a bigger plan that God is working on bringing into fruition? Does that thought impact your choices, actions or words today?
There were many obstacles Ruth and Naomi would have to overcome on their journey back to Bethlehem. As you reflect these portions of Ruth, what were some of those obstacles? How might God have been active in helping them overcome the obstacles in their way? When we start out on any journey, we calculate not only what we need to take along with us and what we'll need to leave behind, but we also contemplate what obstacles we might have to compensate for on our way. As you look back at your reflections from last week's questions and consider the journey you're on, what obstacles might come up on your way? How might you prepare for those? What strategies could you employ to help you navigate around or through those obstacles? How do you notice God's presence and/or provisions regarding them?