Devotional: ‘Only God Knows What Lies Ahead’  

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Naomi took the baby and cuddled him to her breast. And she cared for him as if he were her own.  The neighbor women said, “Now at last Naomi has a son again!” (Ruth 4:16-17)

Throughout our study of the book of Ruth, we have seen the providential hand of God. It was God that brought Ruth and Naomi back to Bethlehem at the time of harvest. It was God that guided Ruth to the field of a man by the name of Boaz. It was God that stirred the heart of Boaz and caused him to have affection for Ruth. And it was God that caused a child to be conceived through their marriage relationship. None of these events were accidents. They were all the results of God’s providential hand at work. Through God’s providential care and wisdom, He turned tragedy into blessings. These blessings were experienced in the lives of Ruth, Boaz, Naomi and many of us today. Let me explain.

First of all, it’s easy to see how the child was a blessing to Ruth and Boaz. It is also easy to see how the child brought blessing to Naomi. But God had even greater blessings in store. Scripture teaches us that God was working out His plan to bring His Savior into the world.

Consider how the book of Ruth ends.

“And they named him Obed. He became the father of Jesse and the grandfather of David.” (Ruth 4:17)

From Obed came Jesse and from Jesse came King David. But there’s more!

“This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David…” (Matthew 1:1)

Through Ruth and Boaz came Obed, through Obed came Jesse, and through Jesse came David, and through David came Jesus Christ.

There are many events in life that are difficult for us to understand. Yet, just because we don’t understand, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a reason. I pray that these studies in the book of Ruth have been an encouragement and blessing to you.

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