This one year study thru the Bible for kids is designed to hit the highlights and provide practical application. I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Ruth) while we focus in on just a few verses.
Background: After the taking of their Promised Land under the leadereship of Joshua, the nation of Israel fell into rebellion and were defeated by their enemies. During that time God sent Judges (leaders) to help them. Also during that time we read of the amazing story of Ruth. Ruth was a foreigner married to an Israelite man who was living in her country (Moab) because there was a famine in Israel. Tragically Ruth’s husband died, so did the husband’s of her sister-in-law and her mother-in-law. Ruth had a huge decision to make. Did she go back to her family or travel with her mother-in-law to Israel (where she had never been) to be with her mother-in-law’s family?
Ask the children…
What was the hard decision that Ruth made?
“But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. 17 Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!’” (Ruth 1:16, 17)
God asks us to make hard decisions in order to follow Him. But along with those hard decisions come blessings. Later in the book of Ruth we find out that God gives her another husband and she gives birth to a baby who is the great grandfather of King David. What an amzing blessing. Ruth is remembered for all generations as a woman of faith who followed God and was blessed for it.
Ask your children if there are any hard decisions they are having to make? Give them some examples – whether to cheat or not at school, telling the truth, being around friends who make bad decisions, watching the right things on T.V. or the internet, listening to the right songs, whether to pray or read their Bibles. Remind them that they can be like Ruth and make those hard decisions and God will be with them and bless them. Ask if they want to make a decision now and pray about it. If not, give them time to think about it.
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