How is it that you make decisions? The common phrase we hear is "follow your heart." But is that really a good thing? The Bible tells us that our hearts are deceitful and not the best leaders for our lives. In our story in Ruth, we have a few decisions to be made and a very real contrast as to how they are being made. What we learn here is that the very best place for us is to follow God’s heart and not our own.

 
 

Have you ever felt like the world was working against you? The story of Ruth has felt like that so far, but continues this week with a significant turn in the story. After a season of hopelessness, there is now hope again. This reminds us to receive the love of God and stay faithful.

Naomi and Ruth returned to the Promised Land worn out and discouraged. But little did they know that the invisible hand of God was at work. God gives favor to anyone who seeks Him. You can't earn it and you don't deserve it. How are you approaching God? Where is He working in your life that you just can’t see?

Life doesn't always go as we plan. In fact, we often experience significant disappointment with the way things have gone. In the story of Ruth we find a woman named Naomi who feels bitter about how things have gone. Our encouragement is that when everything appears to be over, we must keep looking to God.