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February 4 Sermon & Devotionals

February 4, 2024

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God Commits to You | Belong Week 5

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Five-Day Bible Reading Plan and Devotional

Day 1: Ruth 1:1-22 - Loss, Loyalty, and Commitment

Reading: Ruth 1:1-22

Devotional: As we enter the world of Naomi and Ruth, we confront the harsh realities of loss and famine. Naomi's journey is marked by the bitterness of losing her husband and sons. Yet, in this desolate place, Ruth's unwavering loyalty shines forth. Today, reflect on the nature of true commitment—Ruth's decision to stay with Naomi models a selfless love that chooses the other over comfort and security. How might God be calling you to show steadfast loyalty in your relationships?

Prayer Focus: Pray for the strength to exhibit loyalty like Ruth, especially during times of loss and difficulty. Ask God to reveal areas in your life where you can deepen your commitment to others.

Day 2: Ruth 2:1-23 - Providence and Provision

Reading: Ruth 2:1-23

Devotional: Ruth's encounter with Boaz offers a glimpse of God's providence and provision. Boaz extends grace and protection to Ruth, an outsider, reflecting God's heart for the vulnerable. Consider how God has provided for you in unexpected ways and how you might be a vessel of His provision for someone else.

Prayer Focus: Thank God for His providence in your life. Seek guidance on how to be a source of provision and protection for those in need around you.

Day 3: Ruth 3:1-18 - Seeking Refuge and Redemption

Reading: Ruth 3:1-18

Devotional: Ruth's bold move to approach Boaz for protection and redemption is a powerful act of faith. She seeks refuge under the wings of the God of Israel, symbolized by her request to Boaz. Reflect on what it means to take refuge in God and His promises. How does trusting in God's plan provide security and hope in your own life?

Prayer Focus: Ask for the courage to take steps of faith, trusting in God's redemptive plan for your life. Pray for the humility to seek refuge in Him alone.

Day 4: Ruth 4:1-22 - The Kinsman Redeemer

Reading: Ruth 4:1-22

Devotional: Boaz's willingness to act as the kinsman redeemer for Ruth is a powerful picture of Christ's redemptive work for us. Boaz's actions lead to restoration and hope for Naomi and Ruth. As you read about this redemptive act, meditate on the ways Jesus has redeemed your life and brought you into His family.

Prayer Focus: Praise God for the redemption found in Jesus Christ. Pray that you would live as a reflection of that redemption, offering hope and restoration to those around you.

Day 5: Reflection on Belonging and Redemption

Reading: Reflect on Ruth 1-4

Devotional: As we conclude our journey through Ruth, consider the overarching themes of belonging and redemption woven throughout the narrative. Ruth and Naomi's story starts in tragedy but ends in the joy of redemption and the creation of a new family. Contemplate your place in God's family and the ways you are called to participate in His redemptive work in the world.

Prayer Focus: Pray for a deeper understanding of your belonging in God's family. Ask for opportunities to demonstrate the love and redemption you've experienced to others in your community.

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