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When God Doesn’t Make Sense

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Key Scriptures

In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. ... Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.
Ruth 1:1, 3-5 NIV

So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them, and the women exclaimed, “Can this be Naomi?” “Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. I went away full, but the LORD has brought me back empty. ...”
Ruth 1:19-21 NIV

So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the LORD enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.” Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
Ruth 4:13-17 NIV

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  • Would you say you’re a glass half-full or a glass half-empty kind of person?
Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.
  • In the book of Ruth, Naomi said, “I went away full, but the LORD has brought me back empty.” Have you ever experienced something similar? What was that season of your life like?
  • The wrong direction always leads us to the wrong destination. Where would you say your life is currently headed?
  • A distorted view of God always leads to a distorted view of life. Have you experienced this kind of distortion? How did your view of God impact your life?
Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.
  • Have you ever seen God bring wholeness out of someone’s brokenness? Share the story.
  • Do you sense you’re headed in the wrong direction or have a distorted view of God? What first step could you take to change course and embrace God and His goodness instead?
Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

Father, thank You for never leaving us. No matter what hard times we face in this life, You’re always here with us, supporting us, and waiting for us to embrace You. Help us to see You as You really are and follow You with our whole lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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