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Daily Bible Reading – Ruth 3,4; Psalms 64,65; 2 Corinthians 6

Today’s Key Passage – Ruth 4:9-22

In today’s reading, we finish the story of Ruth.  Yesterday, we read about her hardships.  We found out that Ruth was a widow living in poverty.  To feed herself and her mother-in-law, she found a field belonging to Boaz and gleaned.  Today, the story is wrapped up when Boaz and Ruth get married and have a child.  The story of Ruth is a good one – one that almost sounds like it would make a great plot for a movie.  Picture this – a woman loses her husband and moves to a town far away where the only person she knows is her mother-in-law.  There she lives in poverty until she receives charity from a man who owns some land.  He notices her and they end up falling in love and having a baby.  That is a great movie right?  If that was the end of the story, it would still be a good one, but the story of Ruth has so much more to offer.  You see, the child they had together was named Obed (which means worship).  Obed would go on to have a child named Jesse, and Jesse would go on to have a child named David who would later become known as King David.  King David’s genealogy would continue through a few more generations all the way to a baby born in a manger in Bethlehem.  When Ruth married Boaz and had a child, she set off a chain of events that would culminate in the birth of Jesus Christ.

When I read the story of Ruth, I think about how she must have felt when she lost her husband.  I cannot even begin to imagine the pain that must come with losing a spouse.  On top of that, she found herself living in poverty, literally picking up scraps from a field to eat, and living in a foreign land.  How easy would it have been for Ruth to start to question God?  How easy would it have been for her to think God had completely left her?  Throughout all of these hardships, though, Ruth remained dedicated and faithful to God.   She trusted that God had a plan for her and that He would work out her situation in His time.  God used her painful situation to bring about events that would lead to the greatest event in the history of mankind – the birth, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Of course, Ruth could not have possibly known this at the time.  All she could see was her present situation.  All she could see was her pain.  When we face trials, no matter how bad they are, we can rest in knowing that God has a plan for us.  Sometimes the trials we face, as painful as they may be, are absolutely necessary for God’s plan.  If Ruth had not lost her husband and become poor, she never would have ended up in that field meeting the man she would marry, and she never would have given birth to a genealogical line that would end with Jesus Christ.  Very often, when we face difficulties or when things do not go according to our “plans”, we find it difficult to see how our pain might turn out to be a great thing for us.  We can only see a tiny dot in the big picture of life.  God, however, can see the whole picture.  He knows where each piece fits.  We can trust His plan and we can have faith that everything He does is for the greater good.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Gleaning in the Right Field


Daily Bible Reading – Ruth 1,2; Psalms 53,61; 2 Corinthians 5

Today’s Key Passage – Ruth 2:1-23

Today we began the story of Ruth.  In chapter 1, we read that Ruth was a widow living in Moab with her mother-in-law Naomi.  When Naomi decided to leave Moab and return to Bethlehem, Ruth decided to go with her and care for her even though she was not obligated to do so.  During this time in history, being a widow typically meant living a life of poverty and neglect, and this was true of Naomi and Ruth.  In chapter 2, we learn that since they did not have much money, Ruth decided to find a field in which to glean.  (By Israelite law, when it was time to harvest wheat and barley, landowners were not permitted to harvest the edges of their fields.  In addition, during the harvest anything that fell to the ground was to be left there.  Poor people could then come along and pick up the leftover wheat and barley, which was called gleaning.)  Ruth found a field belonging to Boaz and began to glean there.  She worked hard all day to gather as much as possible to feed herself and Naomi, and Boaz (the landowner) noticed her.  He told Ruth to stay in his field and glean as much as she wanted.  In addition, he told his men to leave some of the prime harvest for her to pick up.  At the end of the day, Ruth had gleaned an ephah of barley (which was about 30 to 50 pounds) which she took back to share with Naomi.

There are many lessons to be learned from the story of Ruth.  We can learn about her character as she lived a life of obedience to God.  We can learn about her positioning herself in a place to receive God’s blessings.  We can also learn a valuable lesson about gleaning.  We may think that gleaning is an unimportant thing of the past that does not apply to us today, but in reality, each of us “gleans” every single day of our lives.  We “glean” from different places as we feed our minds and our spirits with material.  Whether we realize it or not, we are going to “pick up” things all the time, either from what we see, hear, or read.  It is important that, like Ruth, we find the right field in which to glean, and the best field we can find is the Word of God.  In this field, we can gather the spiritual nourishment we need to survive.  Gleaning in God’s Word may not always be the easiest choice, and sometimes it may take work on our part, but once we have found this good “field”, we should stay there and glean as much as we want.  As we search God’s Word, we will be rewarded for our work as He leaves all sorts of “prime harvest” for us to pick up to feed our souls.  It is not enough, though, for us to simply get our fill of God’s harvest.  We must take our “gleanings” and share them with others, just as Ruth shared her gleanings with Naomi.  Take a look today at where you are spending your time.  From what fields are you gleaning?  From what fields are your spouse and children gleaning?  The field of God’s Word is available and waiting for you to come along and start picking up a harvest.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Trusting God’s Plan


Daily Bible Reading – Ruth 3,4; Psalms 64,65; 2 Corinthians 6

Today’s Key Passage – Ruth 4:9-22

In today’s reading, we finish the story of Ruth.  Yesterday, we read about her hardships.  We found out that Ruth was a widow living in poverty.  To feed herself and her mother-in-law, she found a field belonging to Boaz and gleaned.  Today, the story is wrapped up when Boaz and Ruth get married and have a child.  The story of Ruth is a good one – one that almost sounds like it would make a great plot for a movie.  Picture this – a woman loses her husband and moves to a town far away where the only person she knows is her mother-in-law.  There she lives in poverty until she receives charity from a man who owns some land.  He notices her and they end up falling in love and having a baby.  That is a great movie right?  If that was the end of the story, it would still be a good one, but the story of Ruth has so much more to offer.  You see, the child they had together was named Obed (which means worship).  Obed would go on to have a child named Jesse, and Jesse would go on to have a child named David who would later become known as King David.  King David’s genealogy would continue through a few more generations all the way to a baby born in a manger in Bethlehem.  When Ruth married Boaz and had a child, she set off a chain of events that would culminate in the birth of Jesus Christ.

When I read the story of Ruth, I think about how she must have felt when she lost her husband.  I cannot even begin to imagine the pain that must come with losing a spouse.  On top of that, she found herself living in poverty, literally picking up scraps from a field to eat, and living in a foreign land.  How easy would it have been for Ruth to start to question God?  How easy would it have been for her to think God had completely left her?  Throughout all of these hardships, though, Ruth remained dedicated and faithful to God.   She trusted that God had a plan for her and that He would work out her situation in His time.  God used her painful situation to bring about events that would lead to the greatest event in the history of mankind – the birth, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Of course, Ruth could not have possibly known this at the time.  All she could see was her present situation.  All she could see was her pain.  When we face trials, no matter how bad they are, we can rest in knowing that God has a plan for us.  Sometimes the trials we face, as painful as they may be, are absolutely necessary for God’s plan.  If Ruth had not lost her husband and become poor, she never would have ended up in that field meeting the man she would marry, and she never would have given birth to a genealogical line that would end with Jesus Christ.  Very often, when we face difficulties or when things do not go according to our “plans”, we find it difficult to see how our pain might turn out to be a great thing for us.  We can only see a tiny dot in the big picture of life.  God, however, can see the whole picture.  He knows where each piece fits.  We can trust His plan and we can have faith that everything He does is for the greater good.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

To become a fan of The Daily Bible Plan’s Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

To follow me on Twitter for inspirational tweets, click the follow button –

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Gleaning in the Right Field


Daily Bible Reading – Ruth 1,2; Psalms 53,61; 2 Corinthians 5

Today’s Key Passage – Ruth 2:1-23

Today we began the story of Ruth.  In chapter 1, we read that Ruth was a widow living in Moab with her mother-in-law Naomi.  When Naomi decided to leave Moab and return to Bethlehem, Ruth decided to go with her and care for her even though she was not obligated to do so.  During this time in history, being a widow typically meant living a life of poverty and neglect, and this was true of Naomi and Ruth.  In chapter 2, we learn that since they did not have much money, Ruth decided to find a field in which to glean.  (By Israelite law, when it was time to harvest wheat and barley, landowners were not permitted to harvest the edges of their fields.  In addition, during the harvest anything that fell to the ground was to be left there.  Poor people could then come along and pick up the leftover wheat and barley, which was called gleaning.)  Ruth found a field belonging to Boaz and began to glean there.  She worked hard all day to gather as much as possible to feed herself and Naomi, and Boaz (the landowner) noticed her.  He told Ruth to stay in his field and glean as much as she wanted.  In addition, he told his men to leave some of the prime harvest for her to pick up.  At the end of the day, Ruth had gleaned an ephah of barley (which was about 30 to 50 pounds) which she took back to share with Naomi.

There are many lessons to be learned from the story of Ruth.  We can learn about her character as she lived a life of obedience to God.  We can learn about her positioning herself in a place to receive God’s blessings.  We can also learn a valuable lesson about gleaning.  We may think that gleaning is an unimportant thing of the past that does not apply to us today, but in reality, each of us “gleans” every single day of our lives.  We “glean” from different places as we feed our minds and our spirits with material.  Whether we realize it or not, we are going to “pick up” things all the time, either from what we see, hear, or read.  It is important that, like Ruth, we find the right field in which to glean, and the best field we can find is the Word of God.  In this field, we can gather the spiritual nourishment we need to survive.  Gleaning in God’s Word may not always be the easiest choice, and sometimes it may take work on our part, but once we have found this good “field”, we should stay there and glean as much as we want.  As we search God’s Word, we will be rewarded for our work as He leaves all sorts of “prime harvest” for us to pick up to feed our souls.  It is not enough, though, for us to simply get our fill of God’s harvest.  We must take our “gleanings” and share them with others, just as Ruth shared her gleanings with Naomi.  Take a look today at where you are spending your time.  From what fields are you gleaning?  From what fields are your spouse and children gleaning?  The field of God’s Word is available and waiting for you to come along and start picking up a harvest.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

To become a fan of The Daily Bible Plan’s Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Trusting God’s Plan


Daily Bible Reading – Ruth 3,4; Psalms 64,65; 2 Corinthians 6

Today’s Key Passage – Ruth 4:9-22

In today’s reading, we finish the story of Ruth.  Yesterday, we read about her hardships.  We found out that Ruth was a widow living in poverty.  To feed herself and her mother-in-law, she found a field belonging to Boaz and gleaned.  Today, the story is wrapped up when Boaz and Ruth get married and have a child.  The story of Ruth is a good one – one that almost sounds like it would make a great plot for a movie.  Picture this – a woman loses her husband and moves to a town far away where the only person she knows is her mother-in-law.  There she lives in poverty until she receives charity from a man who owns some land.  He notices her and they end up falling in love and having a baby.  That is a great movie right?  If that was the end of the story, it would still be a good one, but the story of Ruth has so much more to offer.  You see, the child they had together was named Obed (which means worship).  Obed would go on to have a child named Jesse, and Jesse would go on to have a child named David who would later become known as King David.  King David’s genealogy would continue through a few more generations all the way to a baby born in a manger in Bethlehem.  When Ruth married Boaz and had a child, she set off a chain of events that would culminate in the birth of Jesus Christ.

When I read the story of Ruth, I think about how she must have felt when she lost her husband.  I cannot even begin to imagine the pain that must come with losing a spouse.  On top of that, she found herself living in poverty, literally picking up scraps from a field to eat, and living in a foreign land.  How easy would it have been for Ruth to start to question God?  How easy would it have been for her to think God had completely left her?  Throughout all of these hardships, though, Ruth remained dedicated and faithful to God.   She trusted that God had a plan for her and that He would work out her situation in His time.  God used her painful situation to bring about events that would lead to the greatest event in the history of mankind – the birth, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Of course, Ruth could not have possibly known this at the time.  All she could see was her present situation.  All she could see was her pain.  When we face trials, no matter how bad they are, we can rest in knowing that God has a plan for us.  Sometimes the trials we face, as painful as they may be, are absolutely necessary for God’s plan.  If Ruth had not lost her husband and become poor, she never would have ended up in that field meeting the man she would marry, and she never would have given birth to a genealogical line that would end with Jesus Christ.  Very often, when we face difficulties or when things do not go according to our “plans”, we find it difficult to see how our pain might turn out to be a great thing for us.  We can only see a tiny dot in the big picture of life.  God, however, can see the whole picture.  He knows where each piece fits.  We can trust His plan and we can have faith that everything He does is for the greater good.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

To become a fan of The Daily Bible Plan’s Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

To follow me on Twitter for inspirational tweets, click the follow button –

If you like this post, please SHARE it with others to spread the Word of God.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Gleaning in the Right Field


Daily Bible Reading – Ruth 1,2; Psalms 53,61; 2 Corinthians 5

Today’s Key Passage – Ruth 2:1-23

Today we began the story of Ruth.  In chapter 1, we read that Ruth was a widow living in Moab with her mother-in-law Naomi.  When Naomi decided to leave Moab and return to Bethlehem, Ruth decided to go with her and care for her even though she was not obligated to do so.  During this time in history, being a widow typically meant living a life of poverty and neglect, and this was true of Naomi and Ruth.  In chapter 2, we learn that since they did not have much money, Ruth decided to find a field in which to glean.  (By Israelite law, when it was time to harvest wheat and barley, landowners were not permitted to harvest the edges of their fields.  In addition, during the harvest anything that fell to the ground was to be left there.  Poor people could then come along and pick up the leftover wheat and barley, which was called gleaning.)  Ruth found a field belonging to Boaz and began to glean there.  She worked hard all day to gather as much as possible to feed herself and Naomi, and Boaz (the landowner) noticed her.  He told Ruth to stay in his field and glean as much as she wanted.  In addition, he told his men to leave some of the prime harvest for her to pick up.  At the end of the day, Ruth had gleaned an ephah of barley (which was about 30 to 50 pounds) which she took back to share with Naomi.

There are many lessons to be learned from the story of Ruth.  We can learn about her character as she lived a life of obedience to God.  We can learn about her positioning herself in a place to receive God’s blessings.  We can also learn a valuable lesson about gleaning.  We may think that gleaning is an unimportant thing of the past that does not apply to us today, but in reality, each of us “gleans” every single day of our lives.  We “glean” from different places as we feed our minds and our spirits with material.  Whether we realize it or not, we are going to “pick up” things all the time, either from what we see, hear, or read.  It is important that, like Ruth, we find the right field in which to glean, and the best field we can find is the Word of God.  In this field, we can gather the spiritual nourishment we need to survive.  Gleaning in God’s Word may not always be the easiest choice, and sometimes it may take work on our part, but once we have found this good “field”, we should stay there and glean as much as we want.  As we search God’s Word, we will be rewarded for our work as He leaves all sorts of “prime harvest” for us to pick up to feed our souls.  It is not enough, though, for us to simply get our fill of God’s harvest.  We must take our “gleanings” and share them with others, just as Ruth shared her gleanings with Naomi.  Take a look today at where you are spending your time.  From what fields are you gleaning?  From what fields are your spouse and children gleaning?  The field of God’s Word is available and waiting for you to come along and start picking up a harvest.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

To become a fan of The Daily Bible Plan’s Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

To follow me on Twitter for inspirational tweets, click the follow button –

If you like this post, please SHARE it with others to spread the Word of God.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Trusting God’s Plan


Daily Bible Reading – Ruth 3,4; Psalms 64,65; 2 Corinthians 6

Today’s Key Passage – Ruth 4:9-22

In today’s reading, we finish the story of Ruth.  Yesterday, we read about her hardships.  We found out that Ruth was a widow living in poverty.  To feed herself and her mother-in-law, she found a field belonging to Boaz and gleaned.  Today, the story is wrapped up when Boaz and Ruth get married and have a child.  The story of Ruth is a good one – one that almost sounds like it would make a great plot for a movie.  Picture this – a woman loses her husband and moves to a town far away where the only person she knows is her mother-in-law.  There she lives in poverty until she receives charity from a man who owns some land.  He notices her and they end up falling in love and having a baby.  That is a great movie right?  If that was the end of the story, it would still be a good one, but the story of Ruth has so much more to offer.  You see, the child they had together was named Obed (which means worship).  Obed would go on to have a child named Jesse, and Jesse would go on to have a child named David who would later become known as King David.  King David’s genealogy would continue through a few more generations all the way to a baby born in a manger in Bethlehem.  When Ruth married Boaz and had a child, she set off a chain of events that would culminate in the birth of Jesus Christ.

When I read the story of Ruth, I think about how she must have felt when she lost her husband.  I cannot even begin to imagine the pain that must come with losing a spouse.  On top of that, she found herself living in poverty, literally picking up scraps from a field to eat, and living in a foreign land.  How easy would it have been for Ruth to start to question God?  How easy would it have been for her to think God had completely left her?  Throughout all of these hardships, though, Ruth remained dedicated and faithful to God.   She trusted that God had a plan for her and that He would work out her situation in His time.  God used her painful situation to bring about events that would lead to the greatest event in the history of mankind – the birth, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Of course, Ruth could not have possibly known this at the time.  All she could see was her present situation.  All she could see was her pain.  When we face trials, no matter how bad they are, we can rest in knowing that God has a plan for us.  Sometimes the trials we face, as painful as they may be, are absolutely necessary for God’s plan.  If Ruth had not lost her husband and become poor, she never would have ended up in that field meeting the man she would marry, and she never would have given birth to a genealogical line that would end with Jesus Christ.  Very often, when we face difficulties or when things do not go according to our “plans”, we find it difficult to see how our pain might turn out to be a great thing for us.  We can only see a tiny dot in the big picture of life.  God, however, can see the whole picture.  He knows where each piece fits.  We can trust His plan and we can have faith that everything He does is for the greater good.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

To become a fan of The Daily Bible Plan’s Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

To follow me on Twitter for inspirational tweets, click the follow button –

If you like this post, please SHARE it with others to spread the Word of God.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Gleaning in the Right Field


Daily Bible Reading – Ruth 1,2; Psalms 53,61; 2 Corinthians 5

Today’s Key Passage – Ruth 2:1-23

Today we began the story of Ruth.  In chapter 1, we read that Ruth was a widow living in Moab with her mother-in-law Naomi.  When Naomi decided to leave Moab and return to Bethlehem, Ruth decided to go with her and care for her even though she was not obligated to do so.  During this time in history, being a widow typically meant living a life of poverty and neglect, and this was true of Naomi and Ruth.  In chapter 2, we learn that since they did not have much money, Ruth decided to find a field in which to glean.  (By Israelite law, when it was time to harvest wheat and barley, landowners were not permitted to harvest the edges of their fields.  In addition, during the harvest anything that fell to the ground was to be left there.  Poor people could then come along and pick up the leftover wheat and barley, which was called gleaning.)  Ruth found a field belonging to Boaz and began to glean there.  She worked hard all day to gather as much as possible to feed herself and Naomi, and Boaz (the landowner) noticed her.  He told Ruth to stay in his field and glean as much as she wanted.  In addition, he told his men to leave some of the prime harvest for her to pick up.  At the end of the day, Ruth had gleaned an ephah of barley (which was about 30 to 50 pounds) which she took back to share with Naomi.

There are many lessons to be learned from the story of Ruth.  We can learn about her character as she lived a life of obedience to God.  We can learn about her positioning herself in a place to receive God’s blessings.  We can also learn a valuable lesson about gleaning.  We may think that gleaning is an unimportant thing of the past that does not apply to us today, but in reality, each of us “gleans” every single day of our lives.  We “glean” from different places as we feed our minds and our spirits with material.  Whether we realize it or not, we are going to “pick up” things all the time, either from what we see, hear, or read.  It is important that, like Ruth, we find the right field in which to glean, and the best field we can find is the Word of God.  In this field, we can gather the spiritual nourishment we need to survive.  Gleaning in God’s Word may not always be the easiest choice, and sometimes it may take work on our part, but once we have found this good “field”, we should stay there and glean as much as we want.  As we search God’s Word, we will be rewarded for our work as He leaves all sorts of “prime harvest” for us to pick up to feed our souls.  It is not enough, though, for us to simply get our fill of God’s harvest.  We must take our “gleanings” and share them with others, just as Ruth shared her gleanings with Naomi.  Take a look today at where you are spending your time.  From what fields are you gleaning?  From what fields are your spouse and children gleaning?  The field of God’s Word is available and waiting for you to come along and start picking up a harvest.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

To become a fan of The Daily Bible Plan’s Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

To follow me on Twitter for inspirational tweets, click the follow button –

If you like this post, please SHARE it with others to spread the Word of God.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

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