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SGQ - October 21, 2018

10.21.18 | Small Group Questions | by Jeff Lincicome

SGQ - October 21, 2018

    Psalm 13
    Ruth 1:6-14

    1. The story of Naomi and Ruth is the story of outsiders. In what ways are you an outsider? How has God called you to stand apart from your heritage to follow him?

    2. It's interesting that while Naomi says that "The hand of the Lord has turned against me," she asks that same Lord to "deal kindly with [Ruth and Orpah], as you have dealt with the dead and with me." Naomi doesn't turn away from God; in fact, she still trusts in his goodness, somehow. She is just bitterly angry with him. She is part of his chosen people (the Israelites), and yet, she is completely and utterly broken. Has that ever happened in your life? To someone you know and love? What was it like? Have you ever been given permission to be angry with God?

    3. How does Naomi's honesty invite you to be honest with God about your grief, doubts, and anger? How do our questions drive us to God, instead of driving us away?

    4. Orpah and Ruth are shown as opposites in this story--Both Moabite daughter in laws, both widows, both likely considered barren, both invited to go back home and start again with their lives--and yet two polar opposite responses, both done in loyalty. When tragedy hits, people have a variety of responses. How do we make room for people to have their own experiences? How do we entrust people who even leave their faith over to a loving God?