Ruth and Naomi Part 2
Updated: Jan 26
Ruth 1:3-1:21 (This was included in the previous lesson)
In the previous lesson, we looked at the loving relationship between Ruth and Naomi. We saw how God blessed Ruth’s loyalty to her mother-in-law. In this scripture, we see that Naomi’s faith helped bring Ruth, a Moabite woman, to know and worship the one true God and become a part of the lineage of Christ. We also see the hardship that widowhood brought to these women and that Naomi is bitter and blames the Lord for her suffering. I believe that in her despair Naomi showed authenticity in her faith. She did not try to gloss over her pain in her difficult circumstances. But even in her bitterness, she still recognized Him as her Lord.
When I’m in a hard season, I often feel like I am supposed to act a certain way because I am a Christian. I feel pressure to be a good example of what trusting in God looks like. Yes, as believers we are called to trust and be joyful in all circumstances but let’s be honest, this is easier said than done. We are human. God knows this. People around us know it too. Trying to act like everything is wonderful when we are suffering inside, is just that…an act. Sharing our feelings with trusted believers gives others the opportunity to support us and pray for us. Showing this kind of vulnerability brings us into more authentic fellowship, which can, in turn, make others be more open to sharing their struggles. By trying to play the “perfect Christian” role, we may be inadvertently putting up a wall between us and other believers, as well as seekers, making them afraid to come to us, for fear they will be judged. Let’s take off our masks and quit trying to act how we think we are “supposed to” act. Let’s open up and let others walk alongside us in our hard times and show grace and support to others in theirs. Life is better when we are in authentic relationships with other believers.
1. Do you feel pressure to hide your feelings of suffering? Why?
2. Do you have fellow believers that you can trust when you are going through difficult times? Do you feel comfortable asking for support and prayers?
3. Is there anyone in your life right now that may be in need of grace-filled authentic fellowship? What can you do to reach out to them?