When we commit our lives to God through Jesus, He promises to work all things together for good. “All things” includes poverty, grief, failure and loss. God can use even our wrong choices for our ultimate good. As Ruth comes under the protection and provision of Boaz, we get a picture of what it means for God to be our Kinsman-Redeemer.
1Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, should I not seek rest for you, that it may be well with you? 2Is not Boaz our relative, with whose young women you were? See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. 3Wash therefore and anoint yourself, and put on your cloak and go down to the threshing floor, but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. 4But when he lies down, observe the place where he lies. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down, and he will tell you what to do.” 5And she replied, “All that you say I will do.”
The book of Ruth must surely be one of the loveliest short stories ever written. Its four chapters contain a tale of purity, faithfulness, innocence, loyalty, duty and love, yet it is set in dark times. The concluding verse of the book of Judges, which comes immediately before Ruth in the Bible, tells us that, "In those days Israel had no King; everyone did as he saw fit." One commentator says, "The book of Judges teems with violent invasions, apostate religion, unchecked lawlessness, and tribal civil war."
It is against this backdrop of strife and chaos that this story unfolds. Ordinary people in Bethlehem facing the everyday events of life; marriage, moving home, bereavement, family relationships... In all of this we are reminded that no matter how dark or dramatic the events of life appear to be, God still has His people and is still working out His purposes. It is in the humdrum and routine events of life that we discover God at work. If you have ever wondered if God really knows who or where you are or whether He could possibly be interested in you, you will find this series of studies to be particularly useful. Join Alistair Begg as he encourages us to look for God in the everyday ordinariness of our lives.
|Can This Be Naomi?||Ruth 1:1|
|God Of the Ordinary||Ruth 1:19|
|Grace and Favor||Ruth 2:1|
|Favor To The Humble||Ruth 2:4|
|Family Ties||Ruth 2:14|
|In All Things God Works||Ruth 3:1-5|
|Ruth Proposes To Boaz||Ruth 3:7|
|So Boaz Took Ruth||Ruth 4:1|
|Ruth Has A Baby||Ruth 4:13|
|The Mystery Of History||Ruth 4:17|