Episode 166 – Ruth Pt 6: Trust God’s Character

Most stories build to a climactic moment (Boaz redeeming Naomi & Ruth at the city gate) and then conclude with falling action. Not Ruth. Instead, the book of Ruth ends with a genealogy loaded with surprises that reverberate with implications not just for Naomi and Ruth, but for the people of Israel and the whole world. In the final episode of our series on Ruth, you’ll see how trusting God’s character rather than your circumstances will give you the ability to spot God’s hidden presence in your life.

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching? 
  • Reflect on the idea that God’s activity in our lives is often far beyond our comprehension. What does that stir in you? (What thoughts, feelings, or stories come to mind?) 
  • What are some of the “coincidences” in your life you’re able to look back on now and see not as “coincidences” but rather as God’s loving guidance? 
  • Jesus welcomes outsiders because he himself comes from a long line of outsiders. What do you think about the idea that the pain of the past is intimately connected to our purpose in the present? 
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?  

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  1. Linda Jo Chance April 20, 2023 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the insights

  2. Cliff Washburn April 24, 2023 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    This has been a great series, guys! Thanks for all the hard work! This episode was dead on for a number of people in my group facing some very challenging things from cancer to unjust law situations. They walked away encouraged and determined to see beyond their circumstances.

    • Brad Nelson May 16, 2023 at 9:14 am - Reply

      Thanks Cliff!

  3. Janet Thomas March 10, 2024 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Thank you! Great teaching. What and when is the next one?

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