God Provides, Ruth 2

This lesson is part of a series.
Previous Lesson: Choose Faith, Ruth 1:6-22

Lesson Summary

  • Main Passage: Ruth 2:1-23
  • Main Point of the Passage: God provided for Ruth even when it looked like her life was hopeless.
  • Main Point of the Lesson: God provides for his people.
  • Main Application of the Lesson: Group members will trust God to provide even in situations that seem hopeless.

 Discussion Guide

Smile Question: “What do you think is the coolest invention from the last hundred years or so?”

Tip: Encourage everyone to answer this first question.

My answer: _________________________________________________________________
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Share Question: “Tell us about a time you saw God provide for you.

Tip: Prepare your answer beforehand and share it first. This will give people time to think, and it will set the tone for how long and how personal each person’s answer should be.

My answer: _________________________________________________________________
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Introduce the Text: “God provides for his people.”

“In Ruth 2, God provided for Ruth. She went out to work collecting the leftover grain from Boaz’s fields. When Boaz saw Ruth he was drawn to her. He began to take responsibility for her protection and provision.

Study Question: “Next question: In what ways did God provide for Ruth? Let’s read Ruth 2 and look for answers.”

Tip: You can split into smaller groups and assign one set of verses to each group, or you can read through the passage together looking for answers. If you plan on asking people to read aloud, be sure you ask whether a person is comfortable reading aloud before your group time begins.

Possible answers:

  • He had given the Israelites a law that required landowners to leave some of the harvest for the poor to come behind and collect. (v. 1-3a)
  • Ruth had a “chance encounter” with Boaz, a man who was righteous, generous, and compassionate. (v. 3b-17)
  • Boaz turned out to be “kinsman redeemer,” a close relative of Ruth’s deceased husband with the responsibility of caring for his dead relative’s widow. (v. 18-23)
Connect-the-Dots Question: “How did Ruth and Boaz each show faith in God?”

Tip: Don’t give your answer right away. This question will probably require quite a bit of thought. Don’t be afraid of the silence while people think about their answers.

My answer: _________________________________________________________________
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Count-the-Cost Question: “Next Question: What is an area of your life in which you need God’s provision?”

My answer: _________________________________________________________________
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Let’s-Do-It Question: “Last Question: What would faith look like as you wait for God’s provision?”

My answer: _________________________________________________________________
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Prayer: “Let’s pray that God will help us live by faith in his provision no matter what we face.”

“Father, thank you that you always provide for your people. It’s hard sometimes to see how things will work out. Help us to remember Ruth and act in faith when we’re waiting for your provision. Amen.”

Tim Peabody

I’m a guy who loves that moment when you realize everyone in your small group is loving the conversation they’re in. I’m married and have three kids. I’m an associate pastor in Montana.


Author: Tim Peabody

I’m a guy who loves that moment when you realize everyone in your small group is loving the conversation they’re in. I’m married and have three kids. I’m an associate pastor in Montana.

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