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    Christian Devotional – March 23, 2019

    Unworthy. Ruth felt completely unworthy of all that Boaz had offered to her and she truly didn’t understand. Read Ruth 2:10. Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your sight that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” Ruth 2:10 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/rut.2.10.NASB She really doesn’t understand why Boaz has made the statements to her and promised to take care of her. She wants to know why because it just seems so odd that someone would, out of the blue, tell her these things. Do we feel worthy of all that God has promised…

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    Christian Devotional – March 22, 2019

    Down to business. Boaz doesn’t waste any time. He has heard Ruth’s story and he determines to take steps to take care of her. Read Ruth 2:8-9. Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Listen carefully, my daughter. Do not go to glean in another field; furthermore, do not go on from this one, but stay here with my maids. Ruth 2:8 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/rut.2.8.NASB He gives her very specific directions. She is supposed to stay there. He has told her that she should not move on and he will ensure that she is taken care of. Still, Ruth had a choice. She didn’t have to stay. She didn’t have to follow his…

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    Christian Devotional – March 21, 2019

    What is your reputation? How do people recognize you and what do they tell others about you. Ruth had a reputation already, and she had only been in the area a short time. Read Ruth 2:6-7. The servant in charge of the reapers replied, “She is the young Moabite woman who returned with Naomi from the land of Moab. Ruth 2:6 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/rut.2.6.NASB Boaz was asking about this new woman and his servant shares with him about Ruth. He knows her story and shares that. If others were to ask someone about us, what would they say? Would they know and understand who we are and what are about? What…

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    Christian Devotional – March 20, 2019

    “Who is this?” Boaz owned the field and had hired the workers, but when he cameto see how things were going, he noticed something different. Read Ruth 2:4-5. Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?” Ruth 2:5 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/rut.2.5.NASB There was someone in the field that Boaz didn’t recognize. And he’s sure he would have remembered her. He pulls his servant aside and starts to question him. Do we notice when things are different from what we expect? Do we ask about them? There are times that we see or learn things that are a bit out of the…

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    Christian Devotional – March 19, 2019

    It “just happened.” I’ve seen that phrase through the Bible and it always makes me chuckle a little bit. See what it says in Ruth 2:2-3. So she departed and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers; and she happened to come to the portion of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech. Ruth 2:3 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/rut.2.3.NASB When God is in control, it’s amazing what just “happens.” Naomi thought she was alone, but she wasn’t. Ruth came up with an idea to help them survive and she “just happens” to end up in the exact right place with the exact right person. God…

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    Christian Devotional – March 18, 2019

    Not alone. The whole first chapter of Ruth we see Naomi believing and acting like she is all alone. But now we start chapter 2. Read Ruth 2:1. Now Naomi had a kinsman of her husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. Ruth 2:1 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/rut.2.1.NASB She had a kinsman. There was family. No mention of him anywhere in chapter 1, but here, we see the beginnings of the plan that God was working out. Even in the darkest, most alone times of life, God is always with us. But more than that God is almost always working in the background to…

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    Christian Devotional – March 17, 2019

    Broken. That’s how Naomi saw her life. She felt broken. She thought things looked broken. She even changed her name to reflect her broken and bitter heart. Read Ruth 1:20-22. I went out full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has witnessed against me and the Almighty has afflicted me?” Ruth 1:21 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/rut.1.21.NASB But despite what she thought, God wasn’t done with her yet. We can often feel the same way and see ourselves as broken. We don’t understand why God allows us to go through difficulties and trials. Yet that is exactly when God is shaping us…

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    Christian Devotional – March 16, 2019

    Has life’s circumstances changed you? It certainly had changed Naomi. She had been gone for over 10 years and yet when she returned, everyone knew her and was shocked by the changes they saw. See Ruth 1:19. So they both went until they came to Bethlehem. And when they had come to Bethlehem, all the city was stirred because of them, and the women said, “Is this Naomi?” Ruth 1:19 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/rut.1.19.NASB This must have been an amazing change that was visible in Naomi. The people knew who she was, but were shocked at how she had been changed by her situation. Have we allowed life to change us? Or…

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    Christian Devotional – March 15, 2019

    Pick your battles. That advice has been given to many people throughout the business and personal world. Not every battle is worth fighting, sometimes you need to wait and make sure that you’re fighting the battles that you really need win. Naomi made that choice when Ruth explained that she was absolutely going to follow Naomi. Read Ruth 1:16-18 When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her. Ruth 1:18 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/rut.1.18.NASB With was determined. She made her choice and nothing and no one was going to sway her a different direction. No matter what Naomi said to her, it wouldn’t matter.…

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    Christian Devotional – March 14, 2019

    Nothing to offer. Not only did Naomi have no hope, as we saw yesterday, but she also felt that she had nothing to offer. Read Ruth 1:14-15. Then she said, “Behold, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” Ruth 1:15 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/rut.1.15.NASB Naomi has been trying to convince her daughters-in-law to leave her and stay here in the land of Moab. However, they had continued with her up to this point. Finally Naomi convinces Orpah to stay, but Ruth insists on coming. Naomi tries one last time she get her to stay too by telling her that she has absolutely nothing left.…