Open In App

God Fills The Void


Ruth 1:1-5

“In the days when the judges ruled...”

That is how the book of Ruth begins (Ruth 1:1a). Judges and courts today don’t rule, but they have a lot of authority. Judges can award replacements for things people lost. But losing something and going to court for it is still an ordeal. If the circumstances that led to the loss were severe, no court can truly replace the hurt and turmoil, no matter the ruling. No judge can fill an empty void left in our hearts.

The book of Ruth is about a woman named Naomi who loses a husband and her two sons. You can say she lost everything. No judge could replace her loss with something greater, even though they ruled in those days. However, she gained two daughters-in-law, one of whom is named Ruth. The book of Ruth lays out how a void left in Ruth and Naomi’s lives was filled — by God. Only He can fill the voids in our lives. For Ruth, God filled the void with a new husband and a child. These are ancestors of Jesus.

God did a great thing for Naomi and Ruth, but because it led to the coming of Christ it was also a great thing for the world. Sometimes things we go through aren’t just for us; sometimes our circumstances and God’s blessings for us also benefit others.


  • What are you learning through your circumstances that can be used to help others?
  • What void are your trying to fill that you need to let God fill instead?
  • What loss in your life can you see that God has replaced and made greater?

Like what you just read? Download the NewSpring App for an even better reading experience. You can read, share, and bookmark your favorites quickly and easily from your phone.

We want you to have a safe experience while using our site.

Unfortunately, there are security risks associated with your browser. To keep you protected we will be discontinuing support to this browser. Please visit for a secure browser update.