Hope Not Yet Seen
By Scarlett Stough
To prepare for this study, please read
the Women in Christ commentary, Naomi.
Part I Naomiís Example
1. Ruth 1:1-5 What solution did this family find for their economic problem? How well did it work for them?
2. Ruth 1:6-13 How did Naomi cope with her loss and grief? What all did Naomi believe she had lost? Why did she encourage her daughters-in-law to abandon her? Though well-intended, do you think this was wise?
3. Ruth 1:14-19 What kind of character do you think Naomi had to have to be able to build this close relationship with Ruth and Orpah?
4. Ruth 1:20-21 What do you think was Naomiís greatest loss?
5. Ruth 1:22-2:1-3 Why was the timing of their arrival important for their survival? (See: Leviticus 19:9-10; 23:22; Deuteronomy 24:19-22.)
6. Ruth 2:2, 22;3:1-5, 16-18; Titus 2:1-5 How did Ruth and Naomi help each other?
7. Ruth 2:17-23; 3:1, 18 What do you see God gradually restoring to Naomi throughout this story?
8. Ruth 4:13-17 Naomi felt abandoned by God, but how does this story illustrate Godís provision in times of loss and grief?
9. What coping attitudes and actions did Naomi take that could be applied in any circumstance involving feelings of abandonment, loss and grief?
Part II Wait Patiently
1. Romans 8:24-25; I Peter 1:13; I Corinthians 13:13; Hebrews 11:1 What is the value of hope when everything else seems lost?
2. II Kings 6:15-17; Habakkuk 3:17-19; Psalm 31:1, 21-24; 39:12-13; 40:1; 71:1-5, 9, 14; 42:5, 11 The prophets did not deny the severity of the difficult circumstances they experienced. How did they sustain their hope? What can you keep in mind and do to sustain your hope?
3. Romans 8:28; Jeremiah 29:10-14; Hebrews 12:1-5; 13:5-6 How does God encourage those who love and seek him? How does your love for God sustain you during difficult times?
4. Hebrews 3:12-19; 10:23-25; Galatians 6:2; Philippians 2:1-5; II Corinthians 1:3-11; James 5:13-16 In what ways can those who hope in God help sustain the hope of others who are going through tough times?
5. John 14:16-21; Psalm 27:10; Isaiah 66:13; Deuteronomy 31:6; Philippians 4:6-9 Even if you are left to cope alone, God has promised to be with you. How can you be sure the invisible Creator God is with you when you have no tangible evidence for it?
6. What have you learned from these Scriptures
that will sustain your hope through the joys and sorrows of your life?