“So she set out and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelich.” – Ruth 2:3
If you came into this study expecting only a love story, you know by now that the story of Ruth goes far deeper than that.
Oh yes, it’s one of the most moving, humbling love stories ever told.
Our readings in chapter 2 this week will touch your hearts and make you fall in love with the beautiful, provisional exchange between Ruth and the beyond merciful man of God named Boaz. This week, I’ve prayed that God would help me raise boys to become men like Boaz. I long for my daughter to one day marry a man with his character. The way this wealthy man treats his workers and then Ruth demonstrates a genuine life lived for God and others. Boaz is the much needed positive shift in this story that was initiated by the deepest suffering.
You’ll also fall in love with Ruth, who is a model of grace, humility, tremendous work ethic, resourcefulness, and selflessness. You’ll be motivated by her strength and inspired by her undaunted attitude. She’ll remind you of the Proverbs 31 woman in so many ways, and you might even want to put your hands to work for God with renewed commitment and fervor after reflecting on her life this week.
Maybe you identify best with Naomi, who ended chapter 1 in hopeless and bitterness, but who now is beginning to see the mercy of God break through in her life after a long period of darkness. Her return to Bethlehem not only signified a return to her people, but also a return to her God. If you’ve been in a season of darkness that has left you far from God, I pray that your heart will be softened as you watch Naomi’s transformation this week.
But oh, more than anything, please don’t miss our great God in the details.
It’s not a coincidence that Naomi returned to the Lord.
It’s not a coincidence that Ruth “happened to come” to a certain field.
It’s not a coincidence that Boaz had leftover harvest to glean in his fields.
As we study Ruth’s story this week, God’s intention isn’t for us to simply focus on admirable human strength, resilience, or effort. Throughout Scripture, He longs for us to see Him as the sovereign God who goes before us.
“A man’s steps are from the Lord; how then can man understand his way?” – Proverbs 20:24
Now it’s your turn. Where have you seen God go before YOU?
Seek Him in your suffering, don’t miss His whisperings in the waiting, and look for His provision as you unpack His faithfulness in each new day.
And then don’t forget to speak of His glory and goodness to those He has sovereignly put in your path! [In this week’s video, my friend Cara joins me and does just that as she shares how God provided for her as a young widow. You won’t want to miss it!]
Week 2 Challenge: Let’s rejoice together in the ways that God has sovereignly gone before us in the details of our lives! Share one example of God’s provision in your life in today’s blog comments and/or in your groups.
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