Summary: Ten Decisions-Making Steps
A. RUTH MARRIES INTO BACKSLIDDEN FAMILY
1. Naomi and Elimelech were bluebloods. “Ephrathites of Bethlehem” (1:2), original settlers of Bethlehem.
2. Planned temporary regression from God. “Went to sojourn in Moab” (1:1).
3. Could not leave. “Continued there” (1:2).
4. Compromised separation. The two sons, “Took them wives of the women of Moab” (1:4).
5. Ruth was hopeless because God condemned Moab. A “Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord: even to their tenth generation” (Deut. 23:3).
6. God’s grace. Ruth was the eleventh generation.
7. All the men lost their property, and died; Naomi was backslidden in:
a. Despondent attitude. “Call me Mara, for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me” (1:20).
b. No godly testimony. Told Ruth to go back to her culture (heathen) and her gods (idols).
B. RUTH’S DECISION CHANGED EVERYTHING
1. Ruth was:
c. A foreigner.
d. No hope of marriage, happiness, family or support.
2. Ruth chose to go to Israel because of God.
a. She had never seen Bethlehem.
b. She would be an outcast.
c. She would have no family.
3. Ruth had a road block in Orpah who:
a. Chose idols.
b. Chose heathen culture.
c. Followed Naomi’s advice.
4. It is hard to go on when fellow travelers turn back.
5. Ruth’s decision was tested by Naomi.
a. Naomi had compromised.
b. Naomi discouraged her about marriage.
c. Naomi gave bad advice, return to heathen culture and idols.
6. Backslidden Christians probably won’t give you good advice.
7. Most people need encouragement to make good decisions. Ruth didn’t get it.
8. Ruth’s decision changed everything.
a. God lead Ruth to Boaz’s field.
b. Boaz knew of Ruth’s spiritual testimony.
c. Ruth’s hard work opened doors.
d. Ruth married Boaz.
e. Ruth became a mother.
f. Ruth’s great grandson was King David.
g. Jesus came from the linage of Ruth (Matt. 1:5).
C. TEN DECISIONS-MAKING STEPS
1. Yield to God. “Pray for God’s plan for our life.
2. Define the problem in your mind. Many problems come from confusion or fear because we don’t know what to do.
3. Gather as much information as possible before decision.
Towns Law of Decision-Making
• You make good decisions on good information.
• You make bad decisions on bad information.
• Without information you make lucky decisions.
4. Compare decisions to truth.
a. Never go against scripture.
b. Don’t deny your godly character.
c. Don’t compromise your faith. “Whatsoever is not of faith, is sin” (Rom. 14:23).
5. Seek the advice of older mature believers. “In the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Prov. 11:14).
6. Don’t decide against your conscience. “To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17).
7. God guides through opportunities. “An open door” (I Cor. 16:9).
8. God guides through common sense (Prov. 16:9).