Chapter Two: Unmasking the Lone Ranger
Bible Reading: Ruth 1:6-15
6 Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the Lord had visited his people in giving them bread.
7 Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.
8 And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the Lord deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.
9 The Lord grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.
10 And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.
11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
12 Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;
13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord is gone out against me.
14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.
15 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.
Chosen Notes From Chapter:
- Fear cannot isolate you if you allow love to surround you.
- As difficult as it may be to trust again, you have to give people a chance to be there for you the way you’ve been there for them.
Questions to Ask Yourself
When was the last time you made the decision to stand with someone instead of leaving in hard times?
Why did you make that decision?
How did this person respond? Were they grateful for your loyalty?
How do you acknowledge God in hard times? Do you view Him as your judge or lawyer? How does your view of Him translate to your relationships?
When was the last time someone was there for you when you needed a shoulder to cry on? Did you resist before letting them in? Or did you immediately accept the gift they offered?