Day 10 | Ruth and Boaz

Day 10 | Ruth and Boaz

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Devotion

In 1914, Ernest Shackleton and a team of explorers set out to do something that no one had ever done before—cross Antarctica from one side to the other across the South Pole. Disaster struck when the team’s ship, Endurance, became entrapped in ice and eventually sank after her hull was crushed. Marooned on nearby Elephant Island, there seemed little hope for their survival.

In a desperate effort to get help, Shackleton and five others set out in a twenty-foot lifeboat across some of the most dangerous and storm-filled waters in the world. It was an eight hundred-mile journey to South Georgia Island where help could be found. For fifteen days, the men battled the treacherous seas and massive storms with waves of up to one hundred feet. Using only a compass and a sextant, Frank Worsley (who had captained the Endurance) navigated their course until they safely reached land and found help. Shackleton found another ship and returned to rescue all of his men. He became a national hero in England for his courage and persistence.

When Ruth decided to leave everything she knew behind and follow Naomi to her homeland, she must have been terrified. But they did so to escape a famine and to survive. God was faithful to Ruth and her family, and He provided Boaz to rescue them. Not only did Boaz give Ruth food and protect her while she was in his fields, he married her and made her part of his family.

Like Ruth, we need someone to rescue us from sin and death. God was faithful to us by sending Jesus. John 3:16-17 tells us: For God loved the world in this way: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

God provided rescue for us because He knew we, like Ruth, could not make it without Him. We needed Jesus to redeem us and make us part of His family.

Memory Verse | Ruth 1:16b

Thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.

Questions

  • How do you think Ruth felt when she left everything and moved with Naomi?

  • How would you feel if you had to move to a new town?

  • How was God faithful to Ruth?

  • How has God been faithful to you and your family?

Prayer

Thank you, God, for always being faithful to provide for us. Thank you for sending Jesus to rescue us through the cross.

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