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Questions to Consider
1. Why should God be our only source of joy and satisfaction? What idols compete for His place in our lives? What does Psalm 135 say about God? What does it say about idols?
2. How does God use times of struggle to express His grace and mercy to us? How did these times show mercy and grace to Ruth and Naomi?
3. How do we use struggles in life as an excuse to do what we want instead of follow God?
4. What is Spurgeon saying in the following quote? “I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.”
5. What do Ruth and Orpah teach us about true repentance?
6. What do Ruth and Orpah teach us about following God when it may not be comfortable? What does following God only when it’s comfortable tell us about what we truly value? When it’s uncomfortable?
7. How does trusting God’s sovereignty, even through trials (as we see in Ruth’s story) lead to radical obedience, no matter the cost? How does it encourage us when following God doesn’t seem worth it?
Action Steps for This Week
1. Read the book of Ruth. Read the story of Joseph in Genesis 37-50. Note the similarities in the stories and the similar lessons of God’s sovereignty.
2. Identify idols in your life that you seek satisfaction in more than God. Pray for God to remove them.
3. Ask God what steps of radical obedience He is asking you to take, trusting He will take care of you no matter the cost to you. Make steps to obey.