“And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, ‘A son has been born to Naomi.’ They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David” (Ruth 4:17).
Naomi probably never imagined that famine, disobedience, death, and poverty would be essential links in a chain reaction, ultimately leading to Israel’s greatest king.
And I’m not talking about King David. I’m talking about David’s descendant, King Jesus. Do you think Naomi saw that one coming?
We tend to connect “God’s hand” to the good things in our lives, and rightly so. It’s also right for us, in examining the wrong things, to say this is not the way God designed it. When God created the world, He said, “It is very good.” Famine, disobedience, death, and poverty are not “very good”—or good, at all.
But this doesn’t disqualify them from being used by God for “very good” purposes.
And this is where we make the mistake. When tragedy strikes, we join Naomi and say, “the LORD has testified against me” (1:21). He’s playing favorites.
Unless God is obviously at work, we conclude, He must not be at work at all.
But God is a behind-the-scenes God, and His work is a multi-generational work.
The Book of Ruth stands out for being extraordinarily ordinary.
There are no prophets. priests, or kings. There are no miracles, no voices from heaven, and no angelic appearances.
I guess you could say, the Book of Ruth is a whole lot like your life and mine. It’s about ordinary people doing ordinary things, having ordinary dreams that will one day be blown out of the water by our extraordinary God.
Don’t limit God’s “work” to the miraculous or the epic.
God rested on the seventh day, but He hasn’t stopped working since. Even when it seems He’s working against us, He’s truly working for us.
Every detail—the good, the bad, and the ordinary—is essential to how the story ends. If Jesus is part of your story, as He was for Naomi, you can rest assured that the end will not only be “very good,” but “just the beginning.”