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The Blessing


Ruth 4: 11-22; Week 14

Day 1
Invite the Lord’s blessing:

Ruth 4:11
“And all the people who were at the gate, and the elders, said, “ We are witnesses. The Lord make the woman who is coming to your house like Rachel and Leah, the two who built the house of Israel; and may you prosper in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem.” Who are witnesses to your life?

What are their hopes for you?

What are your hopes for you?

“Rachel and Leah, the two who built the house of Israel” were sisters married to the same husband, Jacob. Their lives were not easy, but they were fruitful. Do you relate?

Israel =”God prevails”"the second name for Jacob given to him by God after his wrestling with the angel at Peniel the name of the descendants and the nation of the descendants of Jacob the name of the nation.” Have you ever wrestled with God?

What happened?

“may you prosper in Ephrathah” (Ruth 4:11)
The word for prosper, (חיל haiyl) is the same word used for Boaz’ wealth (Ruth 2:1) and Ruth’s virtue (Ruth 3:11). It means “strength, might, efficiency, wealth, army strength ability, efficiency wealth force, army” How do you pray to prosper?

Ephratah =”place of fruitfulness”
Where is your place of fruitfulness?

“and be famous in Bethlehem.” (Ruth 4:11)
Bethlehem = “House of Bread”, in Ruth symbolic of God’s Kingdom. For what would you like to be famous in God’s Kingdom, God’s eyes?

Meditate on this till you believe it: Isaiah 45:2-3
“I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel.”
Day 2
Invite Jesus to speak to you:

Ruth 4:12
“May your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring which the Lord will give you from this young woman.” Rephrase this prayer from your heart for your life: may my house be like…

Like Ruth, Tamar was widowed, and like Ruth, her approach to securing survival was highly unorthodox. Her fascinating story is found in Genesis 38. Why do you think these ‘color-outside-the-lines’ women are praised in the Bible?

Does it affect your view of God/ your perception of His view of you?

Psalms 139:13-15
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret…” What part of your personality do you wrestle most with?

What do you think He is whispering to you about that?

Ruth 4:12
“…because of the offspring which the Lord will give you from this young woman.”
Offspring means “seed; figuratively, fruit, plant, sowing- time, posterity, child, fruitful” Ask the Lord for the kind of fruit you would like to bear:

The same word is used in Genesis 15:5-6
“Then He brought him outside and said, “ Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “ So shall your descendants be.” And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.” Tell Him how you believe in Him:

Galatians 3:29
“And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” What God promised Abraham, He promised you. In your own words, describe what that means:

1 Peter 1:22-23
“Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,” Whom/ how is He showing you to love fervently with a pure heart?

Day 3
Invite Him to be with you:

Ruth 4:13
“So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son.”
“Ruth, childless for (almost) 10 years (Ruth 1:4), is now married to Boaz (a much older man), and conceives a child (almost immediately). The child becomes Boaz’s legal son also (since he has no other children?), and thus the heir of both inheritances (Mahlon/Kilion’s and Boaz’s). Thus two people who had no children (cp Abraham and Sarah) are enabled by God to conceive, and now have a special child — a link in the royal line of Judah that leads (ultimately) to the Lord Jesus Christ.” Is there something you have longed for and perhaps given up hope for?

Can you think of any reason why God might wait?

Hosea 12:6
“So you, by the help of your God, return; observe mercy and justice, and wait on your God continually.” What does the underlined portion mean to you?

Isaiah 40:31
“Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”
Ruth 4:14
“Then the women said to Naomi, “ Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel!” Apply this to your life: Blessed be the Lord, who has not…..

Under each Scripture, write how this is true for you.
Psalms 16:7
“I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel;
My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.”

Psalms 29:11
“The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.”

Psalms 103:2-4
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,”

Day 4
Thank Him for anything you can think of:

Ruth 4:15-16
“And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter- in- law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.” Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him.” What do these verses stir in you?

The word for restorer is the same as those underlined here:
Psalms 6:4
“Return, O Lord, deliver me! Oh, save me for Your mercies ’ sake!” How do you or a loved one need his mercy or deliverance?

Psalms 9:3
“When my enemies turn back, they shall fall and perish at Your presence.” What enemy in your life shall fall at His Presence?

Psalms 19:7
“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;”
What is He showing you?

The word for nourisher (Ruth 4:15) is the same as underlined here: Genesis 50:21
“Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.” How does this speak to you?

Psalms 55:22
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”
Cast your burden on Him;

Line by line, thank Him for how this is or will be true for you: Isaiah 63:9
“In all their affliction He was afflicted,
And the Angel of His Presence saved them;
In His love and in His pity He redeemed them;
And He bore them and carried them
All the days of old.”

Day 5
Last day of our Ruth study together…
Tell Him what it has meant to you:

Ruth 4:17-22
“Also the neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “There is a son born to Naomi.” And they called his name Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
Now this is the genealogy of Perez:Perez begot Hezron; Hezron begot Ram, and Ram begot Amminadab; Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon; Salmon begot Boaz, and Boaz begot Obed; Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David.” Why do you think this genealogy is mentioned?

If you are a Christian, what is your spiritual genealogy? Who begot you, and who will follow in your footsteps?

What do you want them to know about the Lord?

What legacy would you like to see them leave?

Matthew 12:50
“For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” As Ruth, the Moabitess, became family to Christ Himself, so can you.
As we review some of the names from the Book of Ruth, make each a prayer/ dedication to your Father in heaven.
Ephraim = “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.” (Genesis 41:52)

Bethlehem = “House of Bread”

Judah = “praised”

Ruth =”friendship”

Boaz = “by strength”

Obed = “serving”

David = ” beloved”

Your name =

Matthew 28:19-20
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” Your response:

Human Failure; God’s Redemption


Ruth 4:1-10; Week 13

Day 1
Invite the Holy Spirit to speak to you:

Ruth 4:1
“Now Boaz went up to the gate and sat down there; and behold, the close relative of whom Boaz had spoken came by. So Boaz said, “Come aside, friend, sit down here.” So he came aside and sat down.” Are you in any way at a gate, a cross road, a choice to be made:

Proverbs 1:20-21
“Wisdom calls aloud outside; she raises her voice in the open squares. She cries out in the chief concourses, at the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words:”
Jot down any thoughts about wisdom for your situation:

…”Come aside, friend, sit down here..” (Ruth 4:1)
Mark 6:31
And He said to them, “ Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.” How is your general pace in life?

Is anything you could/ should/ wish to adjust:

Regardless of your season in life, He is inviting you “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.” (Song of Songs 2:10) Your response:

As Boaz sat down with the relative, is there someone you should sit down with?

As “the close relative of whom Boaz had spoken came by,” is there someone you wish God would bring into your life?

Luke 14:12-14
“Then He also said to him who invited Him, “ When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” What is He showing you?

John 15:13-15
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” How will you act on what He has shown you today?

Day 2
“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff, Let me see your face, let me hear your voice;
For your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.” (Song of Songs 2:14) Your response:

Ruth 4:2
“And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, “Sit down here.” So they sat down.”
“The number 10 is a very significant number in the Bible. In examining the uses of the number 10 in Scripture it seems to represent human failure and God’s provision.” In your life, where might human failure need God’s provision?

Next to each poetic line, write your own personal prayer:
Psalms 85:10-13
“Mercy and truth have met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
And righteousness shall look down from heaven.
Yes, the Lord will give what is good;
And our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness will go before Him,
And shall make His footsteps our pathway.”
The elders of the city are those in authority. Who is that in your life?

Proverbs 29:2
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.”
What kind of authority are you under?

What kind of authority are you?

Matthew 8:8-10
“The centurion answered and said, “ Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘ Go, ’ and he goes; and to another, ‘ Come, ’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘ Do this, ’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “ Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” What does faith have to do with authority?

To what degree does God have authority in your life?

John 16:13-14
“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.” What truth has He shown you today?

Day 3
Open your heart to Him:

Ruth 4:3-4
“Then he said to the close relative, “ Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, sold the piece of land which belonged to our brother Elimelech. And I thought to inform you, saying, ‘ Buy it back in the presence of the inhabitants and the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, redeem it; but if you will not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know; for there is no one but you to redeem it, and I am next after you. ’” And he said, “I will redeem it.”
Have you ever left God’s path to go to “the country of Moab”?

What did it cost you?

Has God already redeemed that situation?

Is there a situation you need Him to redeem?

Isaiah 44:24
“Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and He who formed you from the womb: “I am the Lord, who makes all things, Who stretches out the heavens all alone, Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself;”
Does this build your faith? Tell Him:

“If you will redeem it, redeem it; but if you will not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know” (Ruth 4:4) Is there something you have the choice to redeem or not redeem?

Deuteronomy 30:19-20
“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” How can you choose life today?

Tell Him about your love for Him:

“…And he said, “I will redeem it.” (Ruth 4:4)
Have you made promises to the Lord or to others? What comes to mind?

Have you kept them, or do you need His help with this?

Job 19:25
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;

Day 4
1 Peter 5:6-7
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” Cast your care upon Him:

Ruth 4:5-6
“Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also buy it from Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance.”
And the close relative said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I ruin my own inheritance. You redeem my right of redemption for yourself, for I cannot redeem it.”
In a nutshell, along with the field came marriage to Ruth. He would have to divide his own inheritance with her descendants. Why do you think the close relative is never mentioned by name?

Have you ever inherited anything?

Psalms 16:5-6
“O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance.” How is this true for you?

Psalms 33:12
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.”
What does it mean to you to be His inheritance?

Proverbs 13:22
“A good man leaves an inheritance to his children ‘s children…”
Thinking beyond money, what would you like to pass on to your children’s children?

Ephesians 1:11
“In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,” Letting your dreams run free, what purpose do you think you are predestined for?

Colossians 3:23-24
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” Day 5
What’s on your heart right now?

Ruth 4:9
“And Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, from the hand of Naomi.” In your own words, what was going on:

Why do you think Boaz sought all these witnesses?

Is there anything you would rather keep secret?

Luke 12:2-3
“For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.” What would happen if it were revealed?

How is He counseling you?

Ruth 4:10
“Moreover, Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, I have acquired as my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brethren and from his position at the gate. You are witnesses this day.”
Why do you think that God, our Author, emphasizes “Ruth the _______________, the _________________ of Mahlon”?

Ephesians 2:13
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” Tell Him what difference that nearness makes:

Hosea 2:16
“And it shall be, in that day,” says the Lord,
“ That you will call Me ‘My Husband, ’ and no longer call Me ‘My Master, ’ How do you respond to His longing?

Ephesians 5:8
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” How will you walk as light today?

[ tags Wisdom, Friendship, Human, Divine, Authority, Redemption, Failure, Inheritance, Bible, Ruth, Boaz, Ten]

Not Empty-Handed


Ruth 3; 11-18 ~ Week 12

Day 1:
Is any fear or request on your heart? Tell Him about it:

Ruth 3:11
“And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman.” To what situation is He telling you, “And now, my daughter, do not fear. “?

Why did Boaz promise Ruth to do for her all that she requested?

The Hebrew word for virtuous encompasses all these qualities: strength, might, efficiency, wealth, army. Which of these do you most identify with?

Which do you most need? Ask, and He will give it.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“And He said to me, “ My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” How is this relevant to you today?

John 15:7
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” What is God’s condition for doing what we desire?

Why do you think He requires that?

John 15:16
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” What is the condition here?

What fruit are you bearing?

What fruit do you long to bear?

Now ask your Father whatever you desire:

Amen.
Day 2
As you tune into God now, how do you see Him? (as Father, Lover, Provider…)

Ruth 3:12-13
“Now it is true that I am a close relative; however, there is a relative closer than I. Stay this night, and in the morning it shall be that if he will perform the duty of a close relative for you— good; let him do it. But if he does not want to perform the duty for you, then I will perform the duty for you, as the Lord lives! Lie down until morning.” Is there someone from whom you need/ long for a certain action?

What will happen if they don’t perform it?

What is the best possible outcome you can imagine?

What did Boaz promise?

What has God promised you?

Exodus 20:20
“And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.” Are you aware of temptation to sin in your situation?

1 Chronicles 28:20
“Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God —my God — will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.” What service is that for you?

John 12:26
“If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.” Your response:

Read the following Scriptures slowly and take note of they show you: Ephesians 6:12-17
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;” 2 Chronicles 20:17
“You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem! ’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” What is He showing you:

Day 3
Thank Him for meeting with you now:

Ruth 3:14
“So she lay at his feet until morning, and she arose before one could recognize another. Then he said, “Do not let it be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.” Why do you think Boaz said that?

Matthew 6:6
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” Why do you think your Father says that?

You can trust Him with your secrets:

Psalms 27:5
“For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.”
What does that mean to you today:

Ruth 3:15
“Also he said, “ Bring the shawl that is on you and hold it.” And when she held it, he measured six ephahs of barley, and laid it on her. Then she went into the city.” Is there anything in your life He is asking to give to Him that He may fill it?

Isaiah 60:17
“ Instead of bronze I will bring gold, instead of iron I will bring silver, Instead of wood, bronze, and instead of stones, iron.
I will also make your officers peace, and your magistrates righteousness.” What does that mean to you today?

The word for shawl also means veil.
Matthew 27:51
“Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,” Hebrews 4:16
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Boldly before the throne of grace, ask Him:

2 Corinthians 3:18
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” Day 4
Acknowledge that you are before His throne of grace:

Ruth 3:16-17
“When she came to her mother- in- law, she said, “ Is that you, my daughter?”
Then she told her all that the man had done for her. And she said, “These six ephahs of barley he gave me; for he said to me, ‘Do not go empty- handed to your mother- in- law. ’” If someone asked you what the Lord has done for you, how would you answer?

Whom do you generally tell about your life?

Do you in any way feel empty-handed?

The Hebrew word for empty-handed was first used here:
Genesis 31:42
“Unless the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely now you would have sent me away empty- handed. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you last night.” What affliction has God seen in your life?

What labor of your hands?

Has He rebuked anyone on your behalf?

Exodus 3:21
“And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be, when you go, that you shall not go empty- handed.” Is there a situation where you need His favor?

Isaiah 55:11
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void (same word as empty-handed),
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
What does it mean to you that His word will not return empty-handed?

Psalms 84:11
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace (same word as favor) and glory;
No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Your response:

Deuteronomy 32:47
“For it is not a futile (empty-handed) thing for you, because it is your life, and by this word you shall prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess.” Day 5
Focus your attention on Him:

Ruth 3:18
“Then she said, “Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.” Is it difficult for you to sit still?

The underlined words are the same as the one used in sit still in Ruth3:18 Psalms 113:8-9
“That He may seat him with princes — with the princes of His people. He grants the barren woman a home, like a joyful mother of children. Praise the Lord!”
Does it help you sit still to know that He acts?

Think of a specific situation where this matters:

Exodus 14:13-14
“And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” Ask Him to fight for you:

What does it mean for you to hold your peace?

Nehemiah 8:11b
“Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved.”
Holy means set apart for Him. Set your day apart for Him:

Psalms 46:10
“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
Complete these sentences as suggested:
I know that You are God and my hormones are not
I know that You are God and _______________________ is not.
I know that You are God and _______________________ is not.
I know that You are God and _______________________ is not.
Ruth 3:18
“Then she said, “Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.” What matter do you need Him to conclude:

Mark 4:39
“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “ Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.”

At His Feet


Ruth 3:1-11; Week 11

Note: These verses are rich in cultural and Biblical allusions, which will be addressed Tuesday night at Oasis. If you cannot attend, it will be online soon after. For our devotion, we will handpick five verses and let Him speak.

Day 1; Security
Tell your Father why you love Him:

Ruth 3:1
“Then Naomi her mother- in- law said to her, “My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you?” What comes to mind when you think of security?

For whom are you seeking security? Tell Him:

For what are you concerned right now?

Luke 12:7
“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Do you know this to be true?

Romans 8:32
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” Imagine your life if He had not spared His own Son:

Psalms 40:1-2
“I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.”
How has this been true for you:

Proverbs 1:33
“But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,
And will be secure, without fear of evil.”
What is He telling you?

How will you obey?

Proverbs 18:10
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Day 2; Feet, Clean and Beautiful
Like a toddler running to her Father, run into His arms:

Ruth 3:4
“Then it shall be, when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies; and you shall go in, uncover his feet, and lie down; and he will tell you what you should do.”
This in one of those verses we will dissect much more on Tuesday (or online), but for now, describe what you think is going on:

What do you associate with feet?

John 13:5-10a
“After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples ’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “ Lord, are You washing my feet?”
Jesus answered and said to him, “ What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!”
Jesus answered him, “ If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”
Simon Peter said to Him, “ Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!”
Jesus said to him, “ He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean….” How do need Him to wash you today?

Meditate on this, until you know it to be true:
John 15:3 “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.”

Psalms 18:36
“You enlarged my path under me, so my feet did not slip.”
Where might you need Him to secure your steps?

Psalms 119:105
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
What is He showing you?

Isaiah 52:7
“How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Pray that you may bear His Good News today:

Amen.
Psalms 18:33
“He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places.” Day 3; Midnight
Invite Him to fill you:

Ruth 3:8
“Now it happened at midnight….”
Let your associations run free; what do you associate with midnight:

What are you generally doing at midnight?

Psalms 119:62
“At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You,
Because of Your righteous judgments.”
This was written in a culture where regular prayer times were scheduled throughout the day. How can it enrich your life? No law here, just ask Him how this may relate to you:

Acts 16:25-26
“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.” Which chains might you long to have loosed?

What can you learn from Paul and Silas? Be a specific as you can:

Mark 13:35-37
“Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming —in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning — lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all:Watch!” In what areas of your life might you be spiritually asleep or tempted by sleep:

How is He calling you to watch?

Matthew 25:6
“ And at midnight a cry was heard:‘ Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him! ’ How would you feel if Jesus came back for you today?

Revelation 22:12-14
“ And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.” Your response:

Day 4: More… than….
Ezekiel 16:6
“…I said to you…, ‘ Live! ’ Yes, I said to you…, ‘ Live! ’ Invite Him to speak to you:

Ruth 3:10
“Then he said, “ Blessed are you of the Lord, my daughter! For you have shown more kindness at the end than at the beginning, in that you did not go after young men, whether poor or rich.” What strikes you in this verse?

Deuteronomy 30:5-6
“Then the Lord your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers. And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.” What does this mean to you?

2 Kings 6:16
“So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Where do you need to know that the angels who fight for you are more than those who fight against you?

Psalms 68:35
“O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places.
The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!”
Praise Him for His strength and power in your life:

1 Peter 1:6-7
“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ..” Surrender to His testing fire:

As you read the net two verses, ask Him to show you clearer the service He is asking of you: Revelation 2:19
” I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.” Exodus 36:5
“The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which the Lord commanded us to do.” What is He impressing on you:

Deuteronomy 1:11
“May the Lord God of your fathers make you a thousand times more numerous than you are, and bless you as He has promised you!” day 5; Wash, Anoint, Dress
Ask Him to wash you in His Word today:

Ruth 3:3a
“Therefore wash yourself and anoint yourself, put on your best garment…” Describe the feeling of being unwashed:

Ezekiel 16:9-10
“Then I washed you in water; yes, I thoroughly washed off your blood, and I anointed you with oil. I clothed you in embroidered cloth and gave you sandals of badger skin; I clothed you with fine linen and covered you with silk.” How has God done this for you?

Revelation 19:7-8
“Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” Before this Wedding in Heaven, how has His Bride made herself ready?

Romans 8:4-6
“…that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” What is He showing you?

Ephesians 5:26-27
“that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” What does the Word do in your life?

John 15:3-7
“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
“ I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” Go ahead, ask:

2 Corinthians 1:21-22
“Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” Thank Him for what He has done and is doing:

Blessed Is the One Who Took Notice of You


Ruth 2:19-23; Week 10
Day 1:
Open your heart to your Father:

Ruth 2:19
“And her mother- in- law said to her, “ Where have you gleaned today? And where did you work? Blessed be the one who took notice of you.”
So she told her mother- in- law with whom she had worked, and said, “The man’s name with whom I worked today is Boaz.” Underline what most speaks to you and tell Him about it:

Whom did Naomi pronounce blessed?

Genesis 12:3
“I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
What does this tell you about God’s heart towards you?

What do both verses indicate about how we should treat His people?

Matthew 5:23-24
“Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Is there anyone you need to forgive or seek reconciliation with?

Hebrews 12:14-15
“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;” How may a root of bitterness defile many

John 13:34-35
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” What is He showing you?

Galatians 5:13-14
“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this:“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Specifically, whom do you feel impressed to serve how?

Genesis 22:18
“In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” Day 2; He Has not Forsaken His Kindness
Tell Him what His kindness means to you:

Ruth 2:20
“Then Naomi said to her daughter- in- law, “ Blessed be he of the Lord, who has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead!” And Naomi said to her, “This man is a relation of ours, one of our close relatives.” Do you know of anyone, living or dead, who prayed for you?

In what ways is He answering their prayers?

Where do you see the Lord’s kindness in your life?

Exodus 15:13
“You in Your mercy have led forth the people whom You have redeemed; You have guided them in Your strength to Your holy habitation”. Draw a timeline beginning when you first can trace His leading you to now:

|_______________________________________________________________now

Dream what you would like on your timeline going forward:

Now___________________________________________________________Heaven

As God guided Ruth specifically to Boaz’ field, so He guided Abraham’s servant specifically to the right family in another story. And his servant used a similar phrase in Genesis 24:27
“And he said, “ Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His mercy and His truth toward my master. As for me, being on the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master’s brethren.” Do you need His specific guidance? Tell Him:

Isaiah 42:16
“I will bring the blind by a way they did not know;
I will lead them in paths they have not known.
I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.
Since He knows your every thought from afar, is there anywhere you fear He might forsake you?

Deuteronomy 31:8
“And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Praise Him for His faithfulness in the past, present, and future:

2 Timothy 4:18
“And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!”

Day 3:
Seek shelter under His wings:

Ruth 2:21
“Ruth the Moabitess said, “He also said to me, ‘You shall stay close by my young men until they have finished all my harvest. ’” Why do you think her past identity is mentioned again?

When are you aware of your past identity?

When the Israelites camped in Moab just before crossing the Jordan River, the women of Moab enticed the Israelites into a form of idolatry that involved ritual sexual immorality. This resulted in God’s judgment against Israel (Num. 25:1-9). Growing up in Moab, how do you imagine Ruth’s view of men may have been?

Growing up, what was your own view of men?

How is it now?

Ruth 2:21
“Ruth the Moabitess said, “He also said to me, ‘You shall stay close by my young men until they have finished all my harvest. ’” Why should she stay close by his young men until all the harvest was finished?

Proverbs 20:29
“The glory of young men is their strength,
And the splendor of old men is their gray head.”
How is this true?

It is the same word translated here as might:
Judges 6:14
Then the Lord turned to him and said, “ Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” Where is He sending you in this might of yours?

If you fear that your own strength might be insufficient for the task, you are right:”‘ Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, ’ says the Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6b) How do you go in the strength that you have, and yet it’s by His Spirit?

Psalms 28:7
“The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I will praise Him.”
In your own Words to Him:

Nehemiah 8:10b “Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Day 4
Tell Him why you love Him:

Ruth 2:22
“And Naomi said to Ruth her daughter- in- law, “ It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, and that people do not meet you in any other field.” What two things does Naomi say are good:
1:
2:

How does this translate to your life?
1:
2:

Acts 2:42
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles ’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Do you have this kind of fellowship?

If not, would you like it or are you avoiding it?

Why do you think Naomi encouraged Ruth to go with the women?

1. Timothy 5:1-2
“Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, with all purity.” What attitude do you sense in these guidelines?

Ruth 2:22b
“…, and that people do not meet you in any other field.”
Joshua 24:14-15
“ Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Where might you face this choice today?

Deuteronomy 30:19-20
I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” Your response:

Philippians 1:6
“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Day 5
Invite your Friend to speak to you:

Ruth 2:23
“So she stayed close by the young women of Boaz, to glean until the end of barley harvest and wheat harvest; and she dwelt with her mother- in- law.” Whom do you stay close by?

In the privacy of your time with Him, allow Him to be direct.
Proverbs 13:20 “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Who are the wise women in your life?

1 Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” Is He warning you against corrupting influences?

Proverbs 12:26 “One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” Who comes to mind?

Are you a guide to them, or are they leading you astray?

Romans 12:9-11
“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord” What is He showing you?

As you slowly read these lyrics by Kendall Payne, pray for your friends and your own soul, and write between the lines whatever comes to mind: “May your heart break enough that compassion enters in
May your strength all be spent upon the weak
All the castles and crowns you build and place upon your head May they all fall, come crashing down around your feet
May you find every step to be harder than the last
So your character grows greater every stride
May your company be of humble insignificance
May your weakness be your only source of pride
What you do unto others may it all be done to you
May you meet the One who made us
And see Him smile when life is through
May your blessings be many but not what you hoped they’d be
And when you look upon the broken
May mercy show you what you could not see
May you never be sure of any plans you desire
But you’d learn to trust the plan He has for you
May your passions be tried and tested in the holy fire
May you fight with all your life for what is true.”

Comfort Without Comparison


Ruth 2:13-17; Week 9
Day 1: Comfort without Comparison

Ask your Father to show you His love afresh:

Ruth 2:13
“Then she said, “Let me find favor in your sight, my lord; for you have comforted me, and have spoken kindly to your maidservant, though I am not like one of your maidservants.” Describe comfort:

When have you experienced it?

Who generally speaks kindly to you?

Who would say that you bring comfort or speak kindly to them?

2 Corinthians 1:3-5
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.” Tell Him where you might need His comfort right now:

Isaiah 40:1-2a
“ Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” says your God.
“ Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her,
That her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned;”
Whom is He impressing on you to comfort?

Ruth 2:13: “…..though I am not like one of your maidservants.” Do you tend to compare yourself with others? Describe:

Song of Songs 6:9
“My dove, my perfect one, is the only one,
The only one of her mother, the favorite of the one who bore her. The daughters saw her and called her blessed…”
Do you know that He sees you as His only one, His favorite?

How is it a blessing to be free of comparison?

Isaiah 66:13a
“As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you…”
Your response:

Day 2: Come to Communion
Tell Him why you have come to Him now:

Ruth 2:14
“Now Boaz said to her at mealtime, “ Come here, and eat of the bread, and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed parched grain to her; and she ate and was satisfied, and kept some back.” Where do you feel hunger/ exhaustion/ longing in your life?

Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Do you believe that He wants to take your burden?

1 Corinthians 11:23-25
“For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you:that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “ Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “ This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” What does He want you to remember?

Does that help you find rest for your soul?

John 8:31-32
” Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “ If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” What does that mean to you today?

Psalms 139:1-3
“O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways”.
Revelation 3:20
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Is He showing you an area in your life where you can invite Him deeper in?

Ruth 2:14 “… and she ate and was satisfied…”
Tell Him how He satisfies your soul:

Psalms 23:3
“He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Day 3: Protection
Seek shelter under His wings:

Ruth 2:15
“And when she rose up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her.”
Is there anyone or anything to whom you need to hear your Lord say, “Do not reproach her”?

Deuteronomy 1:30
“The Lord your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you, according to all He did for you in Egypt before your eyes,” How have you already seen Him fight for you:

Psalms 34:4-5
“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed.” As you look to Him now what do you see?

Psalms 68:33-35
“To Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old! Indeed, He sends out His voice, a mighty voice.
Ascribe strength to God; His excellence is over (__insert your name. ) And His strength is in the clouds.
O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places.
The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!”
Praise Him in your own words:

Ruth 2:15: “… And when she rose up to glean…”
What is He telling you to rise up and to?

Song of Songs 2:10-12a
“My beloved spoke, and said to me:
“Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come,” What song is playing in your spirit:

Song of Songs 2:14
“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff, Let me see your face, let me hear your voice;
For your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.”

Acts 3:6: “…In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” Day 4: Double Protection
How do you long to encounter Him today?

Ruth 2:15-16
“And when she rose up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. Also let grain from the bundles fall purposely for her; leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her.”
Verse 16 seems a stronger repetition of verse 15. What is the Author emphasizing?

What does that tell you about His heart toward you?

Psalms 5:11
“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.”
Shout for joy right here:

Underline what most applies to you:
Psalms 68:5-6
“A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation.
God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.”

Genesis 15:7
“Then He said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.” From what has the Lord brought you?

What do you associate with the term “The Promised Land”?

Under each verse, write how it relates to you:
Psalms 37:3
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.”

Psalms 37:4
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”

Psalms 37:5
“Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”

Psalms 23:4
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” In your own words for your current situation:
Though I walk through__________________________________________________, I will fear no ___________________________________________________________. For You are with me; Your ____________________________________ comforts me. Amen.
Day 5; Work
Matthew 6:10
“Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” In your own words, surrender to His will:

Ruth 2:17
“So she gleaned in the field until evening, and beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley.” If this were the only verse describing Ruth, what would we know about her?

Galatians 2:16
“knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.” Why then, do you think the Author emphasizes her hard work?

Matthew 21:28-31a
“ But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘ Son, go, work today in my vineyard. ’ He answered and said, ‘I will not, ’ but afterward he regretted it and went. Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘ I go, sir, ’ but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” What is He impressing on you right now?

John 4:34-35
“Jesus said to them, “ My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, “There are still four months and then comes the harvest ’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” Do you know what His work for you is in this season?

Do you have a sense of your life’s purpose?

James 1:5
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” What is He showing you:

Ruth 2:17: “…and it was about an ephah of barley.”
Revelation 22:12-13
“ And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” Your response:

Shalom


Ruth 2:10-12; Lesson 8
~ Shalom~
Day 1: why have i found favor?
Thank your Father for His presence here and now:

Ruth 2:10
“So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, “ Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” What emotions do you think prompted in Ruth’s question?

When, if ever, did you last feel like that?

Take a deep breath and, without censoring yourself, mention anything that comes to mind, for which you are grateful:

1 Chronicles 16:8
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!”
Is there a connection between giving Him thanks and and calling upon His name? What does that mean to you today?

Romans 1:21
“because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” How does this work?

How can you guard against it?

1 Samuel 7:12
“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”
Looking back over your life, what are your “Ebenezers” – your clear awareness of God’s help?

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do this in your own words to Him:

Colossians 3:15
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

Day 2; Power to Promise
Praise Him in your own words:

This is what prompted Ruth’s prostrate praise:
Ruth 2:8-9
“Then Boaz said to Ruth, “You will listen, my daughter, will you not? Do not go to glean in another field, nor go from here, but stay close by my young women. Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Have I not commanded the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.” What do you long to hear Him to say to you:

What has He already promised you:

The first Passover, God spoke:
Exodus 12:25
“It will come to pass when you come to the land which the Lord will give you, just as He promised, that you shall keep this service.” To what degree has He already taken you to your Promised Land?

Ponder again yesterday’s Scripture:
1 Samuel 7:12. “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”
Without glancing back, list how He has helped you:

How do you actively remember His faithfulness?

Why does it matter?

Think of Amalek as anything you wrestle against in this life: Exodus 17:14-15
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “ Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” And Moses built an altar and called its name, The- Lord- Is- My- Banner.”
Based on what He has already done and what you know of His character, how much do you trust Him with your life:

Romans 4:20-22
“He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
Giving God glory and expressing your faith to Him and others strength your faith and theirs. Who might need to hear this from you today?

Philippians 1:3-6
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”

Day 3; Fruitful in Loss
Open your heart to Him:

Ruth 2:11
“And Boaz answered and said to her, “It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother- in- law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before.” Which losses had Ruth suffered?

Which losses have you suffered?

How are you dealing with them? How are they affecting you?

Psalms 147:3
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Either thank Him for how He has done this or ask Him for deeper healing. You are precious to Him!

What did Ruth do with her losses?

To whom might your loss or pain, present or past, become a blessing?
Reading this slowly, prayerfully, underline and take notes, ad He speaks to you: Isaiah 61:1-4
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
And they shall rebuild the old ruins,
They shall raise up the former desolations,
And they shall repair the ruined cities,
The desolations of many generations.”
Conclude by dedicating your losses and your fruitfulness into His hands:

Day 4; His Reward
Pray this ancient monastic prayer till your soul and spirit rest in Him: Lord, have mercy
You I adore
Into Your hands

Ruth 2:12
“The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.” Tell Him your impromptu response to this verse:

Meditate on the meanings of the word repay: (שׁלמ salam;) – to be safe (in mind, body or estate); figuratively, to be completed; by implication, to be friendly; by extension, to reciprocate— make amends, , finish, full, give again, make good, (re-) pay (again), (make) (to) (be at) peace (- able), that is perfect, perform, (make) prosper (- ous), recompense, render, requite, make restitution, restore,
Yes! The same word is translated peace. All of these are facets of the incredibly rich word Shalom! Read the meanings again and underline those that most touch you right now. Express to Him what they stir in you:

These verse all use this exact word:
Proverbs 16:7
“When a man’s ways please the Lord,
He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
Your prayer:

Proverbs 13:13
“He who despises the word will be destroyed,
But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.”
Your prayer:

Proverbs 19:17
“He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord,
And He will pay back what he has given.”
Your prayer:

Isaiah 60:20
“Your sun shall no longer go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself; For the Lord will be your everlasting light,
And the days of your mourning shall be ended.”
Your prayer:

Genesis 15:1
…“Do not be afraid,(. your name. ). I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Your response:

Day 5; Under His Wings
What’s on your heart:

Ruth 2:12
“The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.” Describe the greatest reward you can dream of:

Like yesterday’s repay, the word full is a variant of Shalom: ( שׁלמ salem) “perfect, whole, full, just, peaceable, complete, safe, peaceful, perfect, whole, full, at peace”. Can you imagine a (human) reward without these qualities?

Why do you think He repeats both Shalom and the Lord?

Exodus 19:4
“You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles ’ wings and brought you to Myself.” What do the Egyptians represent in your life?

Either thank Him for a time when He bore you on His wing or ask Him to make you aware of His wings right now:

He both carries us on His wings and hides us under them. We don’t ever have to choose or to come out from under them. Psalms 17:8
“Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
Hide me under the shadow of Your wings,”
From what or whom do you long for Him to hide you?

Psalms 91:1-2, 4-5
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “ He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”…
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, Tell Him everything:

Insert your name on the blanks: Psalms 91:14-15
“Because _________ has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver _________; I will set ________ on high, because _________ has known My name.
___________ shall call upon Me, and I will answer ___________; I will be with ___________ in trouble;
I will deliver ___________ and honor ______________..

Whose are you?


Ruth 2:5-9. Week 7
Day 1 – Whose is this?
Ask the Author to open your eyes to Him:

Ruth 2:5
“Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?” What do you think Boaz noticed in Ruth?

For what would you like to be noticed?

How would people answer , “Whose young woman is this?” about you?

Ezekiel 16:8
“When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,” says the Lord God.” How is this true for you?

How does your soul respond when you hear Him declare you Mine?

Is there any thought, emotion, fear, situation that threatens your peace?

Isaiah 51:22-23
“Thus says your Lord, the Lord and your God,
Who pleads the cause of His people:
“ See, I have taken out of your hand the cup of trembling,
The dregs of the cup of My fury; you shall no longer drink it. But I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you, who have said to you, ‘Lie down, that we may walk over you. ’
And you have laid your body like the ground,
And as the street, for those who walk over.”
What is the Lord speaking to you?

John 10:28-29
“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” Respond in belief:

Day 2 – under authority
John 10:28-29
“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” Start by declaring that you are His:

Ruth 2:6
“So the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered and said, “It is the young Moabite woman who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab.” Not knowing her name, what did the servant in charge know about Ruth?

What do you associate with the word “authority”?

Who is in authority in your life?

What do they know about you?

What would you like them to know or not know?

How is your relationship with them?

Are you in a position of authority?

Genesis 39:4-5
“So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority. So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field.”
As Ruth hoped (Ruth 2:2), Joseph found “favor in his sight” of his authority in a foreign land. Does this in any way translate to your life?

Colossians 3:22-24
“Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men- pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” What does it mean to you that you don’t work for men, but for the Lord Jesus?

If your earthly authority ever conflicts with God’s your allegiance is clear: “We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29)
Galatians 5:1
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Your response:

Amen.
Day 3 – glory
Connect with your Maker:

Ruth 2:7
“And she said, ‘ Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves. ’ So she came and has continued from morning until now, though she rested a little in the house.” What did Ruth ask?

What did Ruth do?

What prayer is on your heart now:

What is He showing you to do?

Matthew 5:16
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” What emotions does this verse stir in you?

When do you feel most alive?

Being honest with yourself, how much do you seek glory/ approval for yourself?

What is the difference between seeking His glory and our own?

Why does it matter?

Proverbs 29:25
“The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.”. How is this true:

How does it relate to you:

Zephaniah 3:17
“The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Your response:

Isaiah 60:1
” Arise, shine;
for your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.”
Day 4: listen, my daughter
Open your heart to Him:

Ruth 2:8
“Then Boaz said to Ruth, “You will listen, my daughter, will you not? Do not go to glean in another field, nor go from here, but stay close by my young women.” Describe Boaz’ tone towards Ruth:

Why do you think he appealed to her like this?

What did he hope to achieve?

Why?

Describe God’s tone to you, as you generally perceive it:

Isaiah 1:18
“ Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Why do you think He appeals like this?

What does this mean to you today?

Psalms 103:12-14
“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.”
In case the word “pities” feels strange to you, it means “loves deeply, has mercy , compassion, tender affections.” Read the verse again and respond to Him:

As Boaz affectionately address Ruth my daughter, so your Father addresses you: Psalms 45:10-11
“Listen, O daughter, consider and incline your ear;
Forget your own people also, and your father’s house;
So the King will greatly desire your beauty;
Because He is your Lord, worship Him.”
The second line in this verse refers to priority. Love the Lord above your culture and your family. Is that a conflict for you?

Mark 3:35
“For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.” 1 John 3:1
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” Your response:

Day 5 – protection and provision
Invite His voice:

Ruth 2:9
“Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Have I not commanded the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.” What most strikes you from this verse?

Why?

“Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them…” Why do you think he didn’t just give her grain and send her home?

2 Thessalonians 3:10-11
“For even when we were with you, we commanded you this:If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies.” What is the connection between work and being a busybody?

What is a busybody?

Why does the Bible warn against this trap?

John 9:4
“I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.” What is your relationship with work?

“Have I not commanded the young men not to touch you?” (Ruth 2:9) Do you trust His protection?

What is the connection between this protection and his command in Ruth 2:8: “You stay close by my young women.”

Are you in any way stepping out of His protective boundaries?

“And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.” (Ruth 2:9) What are you thirsty for right now?

John 7:38
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” Your response:

Favor in His Sight


Week 6: Ruth 2:2-4
Favor In His Sight
Day 1: A Moabite in bethlehem
Ruth 2:2
“So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “ Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.” And she said to her, “ Go, my daughter.”
Why do you think the Author mentions Ruth’s nationality, but not Naomi’s?

Considering that the Moabites were enemies, even oppressors of God’s people, who do you consider today’s Moabites?

Have you ever in any way been one?

Do you ever struggle with the sense that you may not be fully welcome in His Home?

Romans 8:34
“Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” For what do you think He is interceding in your life right now?

Romans 8:37
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” What is He whispering to you?

Hebrews 4:15-16
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” What difference does it make to you that He sympathizes?

Tell Him about the the mercy and grace you need today:

Describe the throne of grace:

Exodus 33:13
“Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.” In your own words, rephrase this prayer:

Meditate on this truth till your soul believes it:
Psalms 84:11
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”

Day 2: in his sight
Pray that your eyes may be opened:

Ruth 2:2
“So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “ Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.” And she said to her, “ Go, my daughter.”
What do you associate with eyes?

As your spirit searches for His eyes, what do you see there?

Psalms 33:18
“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His mercy,”
Tell Him what you hope for from Him:

Job 28:10
“He cuts out channels in the rocks,
And his eye sees every precious thing.”
What is most precious to you?

Do you know that you are His most precious thing?

Zechariah 2:8
“For thus says the Lord of hosts:“He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.”

Read this passage and insert your name in the blank lines:
Deuteronomy 32:10-13
“He found ______________ in a desert land
And in the wasteland, a howling wilderness;
He encircled _____________, He instructed ____________,
He kept _________________ as the apple of His eye.
As an eagle stirs up its nest,
Hovers over its young,
Spreading out its wings, taking them up,
Carrying them on its wings,
So the Lord alone led _______________,
And there was no foreign god with ________________.
“He made _____________ ride in the heights of the earth,
That _______________ might eat the produce of the fields;
He made ________________ draw honey from the rock,
And oil from the flinty rock;”
What part of this touches you most directly today?

The Lord speaks from outside of time. He, Who knows everything, promises: Psalms 32:8
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”
Whatever is on your heart right now, tell Him:

2 Kings 6:16-17
“So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “ Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” How has He opened your eyes today:

Day 3: favor
Take a deep breath and exhale your thoughts to Him:

Invite Him to speak to you:

Ruth 2:2a
“So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “ Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.” What does it mean to find favor?

The Hebrew word encompasses; graciousness, kindness, beauty, grace , pleasant, precious, Which of these most grabs your attention, and why?

Where do you need His favor today?

Exodus 33:13a
“Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight.”
Some weeks ago, we studied the circle of bitterness. Do you see how this is its opposite, the circle of grace? “Now therefore, I pray, if I have found _________in Your sight, show me now Your way,
that I may know You
and that I may find ___________in Your sight.”
To this prayer, God answered, as He always does: “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14) Where might you long for rest today?

Where might you need Him to show you His way?

How do you long to know Him?

Exodus 33:17
“So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” Psalms 5:12
“For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield.”
Lest you question if you are righteous enough for His favor: 2 Corinthians 5:21
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Luke 1:45
“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” Thank Him:

Day 4: go!
Dedicate this time and your heart to Him:

Ruth 2:2-3
So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “ Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.” And she said to her, “ Go, my daughter.”
Then she left, and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers. And she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech. What was Ruth hoping for?

How did she come to the field belonging to Boaz?

What are you hoping for?

What can you learn from Ruth?

Isaiah 42:16
“I will bring the blind by a way they did not know;
I will lead them in paths they have not known.
I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.”
What is He showing you?

Exodus 18:20
“And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do.” Psalms 16:11
“You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Do these two verses seem to contradict or enhance each other?

Ephesians 2:10
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Which good works do you think you are created for?

How are you walking in them?

Proverbs 3:3-6
Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Amen.
Day 5: the lord be with you
Praise Him, however you want to:

Ruth 2:4
“Now behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you!” And they answered him, “The Lord bless you!” How do Boaz and his workers greet each other?

Is that foreign or familiar to you?

Meditate on this blessing to Abraham from Genesis 22:17
“blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.” Romans 4:23-24
“Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead,” What does this blessing mean to you?

How aware are you that the Lord is with you?

Revelation 3:20
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”
Do you sense in any area of your life that He is on the outside, knocking to be let in?

Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Which yoke are you trading with Him?

Exodus 33:14
“And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” What do you anticipate will war against your awareness of His Presence today?

How will you protect it?

Deuteronomy 30:19-20
“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” Isaiah 41:10
” Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. ’

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Great Wealth


Ruth 2:1; Week 5

This entire week, we will mine the treasures found in this one verse: Ruth 2:1
“There was a relative of Naomi’s husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech. His name was Boaz.” Day 1:
Scholars agree that Boaz is a type of Jesus, and we will approach him as such. Invite Him to show you more of Who He is:

Look at the relational words in this verse: relative, husband, family. What does this show you about Jesus:

How do you long to relate to Him today?

Hosea 2:16
“And it shall be, in that day,” says the Lord,
“ That you will call Me ‘My Husband, ’ and no longer call Me ‘My Master, ’
Can you hear the longing in His voice? What do you think the Lord is longing for?

Hosea 2:19-20
“I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me In righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy;
I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know the Lord.” Tell Him about your own longings:

Perhaps you long for His protection, to be allowed to be child with a safe Parent? 2 Corinthians 6:18
“I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.”
Deuteronomy 1:30-31
“The Lord your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you, according to all He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place. ’” Give Him all the burdens that weigh you down, and let Him carry them:

Then meditate on this till His joy sings in you:
Isaiah 62:5
“As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
So shall your God rejoice over you.”

Day 2:
Ruth 2:1
There was a relative of Naomi’s husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech. His name was Boaz. Tell Him what this verse stirs in you:

Do you wish you had a relative of great wealth? You do!

Psalms 84:11
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Some may say, “I appreciate the grace and the glory, but I need money for rent!” Ask Him:

John 15:7
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” Both these verses have a condition. What are they?
Psalm 84:11:
John 15:7:
Why do you think God places conditions on these promises?

2 Corinthians 9:10
“Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness” To whom does God supply seed?
What kind of fruit does He want to increase?
What does that mean to you today?

Malachi 3:10-12
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.
And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts;
“And all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,” Says the Lord of hosts.”
What is the condition:

What are the promises:

Matthew 6:31-33
“ Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘ What shall we eat? ’ or ‘ What shall we drink? ’ or ‘ What shall we wear? ’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” What does it say about your heavenly Father, your relative of great wealth?

What does it say about His provision?

How can you seek His Kingdom today?

Day 3:
Ruth 2:1
“There was a relative of Naomi’s husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech. His name was Boaz.”
Look at the translation of the Hebrew word for wealth: “strength, might, efficiency, wealth, army.” Tell Him where you need these today:

Feast on Psalm 20, a prayer for you from the Living Word:
Psalms 20:1-2
“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble;
May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
May He send you help from the sanctuary,
And strengthen you out of Zion”
Do you believe that He will?
Psalms 20:3
May He remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice. Are you aware that every gesture of love towards Him is precious to Him?

Mark 9:41
“For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” Psalm 20:4
“May He grant you according to your heart ‘s desire, and fulfill all your purpose. What is your heart’s desire:”

Without censoring yourself, dream freely about all your purpose:

Psalms 20:5
“We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.” Thank Him for what He has saved you from:

Thank Him for what His Name provides for you:

May the Lord fulfill all your petitions
Day 4:
Invite the Lord to do whatever He desires in you:

Based on the meanings of Boaz’ great wealth, “strength, might, efficiency, wealth, army,” we continue the meditation from Psalm 20. Psalms 20:6
“Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed;
He will answer him from His holy heaven
With the saving strength of His right hand.”
To be anointed is to be set apart for His purpose. How is this true for you:

Where or for whom do you pray for His saving strength:

Psalms 20:7
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”
Into what may you be tempted to place trust:

What is He whispering to you now:

What does it mean to remember the name of the Lord our God?

One more parallel between our Lord and Boaz, the man of great wealth, and the meanings of that wealth: strength, might, efficiency, wealth, army: Exodus 15:3
“The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is His name.”
Remember, the war is for you. Where do you need Him to fight for you today:

Exodus 33:19
“Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” Lest the enemy whispers that He wouldn’t choose you, listen: Psalms 145:8-9
“The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.” Pray for whomever comes to mind now:

1 Chronicles 17:24
“So let it be established, that Your name may be magnified forever, saying, ‘The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, is (insert your name) ‘sGod. ’ And let the house of Your servant ( insert your name ) be established before You.” Day 5:
Tell Him how you are doing today:

Ruth 2:1
“There was a relative of Naomi’s husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech. His name was Boaz.”
Outside the Book of Ruth, the name Boaz shows up in the genealogy of Jesus (which we will study later ) and, intriguingly, in Solomon’s magnificent temple for God’s Name. 2 Chronicles 2:4a
“Behold, I am building a temple for the name of the Lord my God, to dedicate it to Him, to burn before Him sweet incense…” 2 Chronicles 3:17
“Then he set up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand and the other on the left; he called the name of the one on the right hand Jachin, and the name of the one on the left Boaz.” What do you associate with a pillar?

Jachin means He will establish, and Boaz means in His strength. What do you long to see Him establish in His strength?

What divine, precise symbolism that Boaz, given to us as an example of God’s redeeming love, is a pillar of strength inside the temple. We are His temple. You are a temple for His name,
1 Corinthians 3:16
“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” Take a deep breath and ask Him to show you what that means:

2 Corinthians 6:16
” And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
Might there be any idols you need to clear out of your temple?

Whatever you overcome now, will be eternally rewarded.
Revelation 3:12
“He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.”

While we wait together for our Redeemer, “in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:21-22), let prepare like a bride for her wedding day. How can you do that?