Right in God’s eyes – Ruth 3
People in the world do what is right in their own eyes; God’s people do what is right in God’s eyes, they know and trust His providence, and they keep looking to their Redeemer.
Fruitfulness is the result of pushing into God’s covenant love –
Chapter 1 ended with Ruth and Naomi returning and we read in the last sentence of Chapter 1:And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest. And so, let’s look for the crop, the harvest, the fruit as they push into God’s covenant love! To help you follow, we will look at how God’s covenant love bears providential fruit in the lives of these 2 repentant sinners, Naomi and Ruth God’s covenant love bears spiritual fruit in the lives of especially Ruth and Boas, who we meet for the first time. And finally, we are going to ask and reflect on this question to apply what God is revealing to us here: Are you pushing into his covenant love?
Sermon – Suffering and God’s gracious providence calling us home -Ruth 1
God does indeed work in different ways with different people, but one thing we know for sure: In the life of his people, his chosen ones, the ones he calls out of the darkness into his marvelous light (1 Pet 2), the objects of his covenant love, in their lives, suffering always lead to: Repentance, a turning around, turning back, turning anew towards Him and his ways! We’re going to work through Chapter 1 under these three headings: 1. Our sin and God’s gracious providence. 2. Our response and God’s covenant love. 3. Our confession of faith and God’s gospel of hope!