The power of providence
God can see beforehand what is going to happen. God allows things to happen and works through the natural order of things to accomplish His plans. What may seem like an insignificant event in your life may actually be an event that God is using to bring about His plans for you.
"For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope" (Jer. 29:11)
You see, God allowed Elimelech to take his wife and sons to Moab. He allowed Ruth to become a daughter in law and allowed Naomi to return with Ruth to Israel at the time of barley harvest. All of these were natural events that were used to bring about God’s purpose in creating a divinely appointed lineage to the birth of Jesus.
He allowed Ruth to glean in the field of Boaz and allowed a natural attraction between the two to develop there. He allowed Ruth to make a marriage proposal to Boaz and God allowed Boaz to be in the position of taking her as a wife.
.."we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" (Rom. 8:28).
“Everything” means EVERY THING. God never loses control. God allows things to happen but we must trust Him that His plans won’t be circumvented and that there will be something good in the end.
So we have the story of Ruth making her feelings known to Boaz and then following the advice of Naomi to wait, to be still, to rest and see the future unfold.
As it turned out, Boaz was a decent godly man who was willing and able to marry Ruth and redeem her and her husband’s property.
We likewise have a Redeemer who is willing and able to buy us back once and for all from our enslavement to sin and its effects. Our Redeemer gave His own life in a perfect transaction at the cross. Luke 1:68.
All we have to do is offer ourselves to Jesus as His bride and be still and wait for our full salvation. How our lives pan out, for good or ill, is totally in the providence of God but we can rest in the promise that:
..."he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Phil. 1:6).
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All quotations are from the NLT unless otherwise noted.