Only 4 chapters in length, the old statement book of Ruth is a showcase of God’s Sovereign wisdom and plan for each of us. The Apostle Paul writes the following:
1 Corinthians 1:27 NKJV
“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;”
Paul Tripp remarks the following on Ruth and God’s plan:
“I would title Ruth, not a love story, but a redemptive story, …Ruth was a Moabite woman who had no claim to the promises of God, who had no natural entrance to relationship with God. She was an outsider, an outcast, an alien, a stranger who, by God’s mysterious plan, His sovereign power, and His amazing grace, this Moabite woman becomes an heir of His covenant promises. “I would title Ruth, not a love story, but a redemptive story,
That is the entire story of redemption in this lady’s biography, that’s us! Sin makes us strangers and aliens. We have no right to Covenant promises; we have no natural entrance to relationship with God. Paul says it very powerfully in Ephesians, like I can’t read Ruth ever without hearing these words from Paul, “We were without God and without hope in the world.” That’s Ruth; but that’s us.
And why is it a story about redemption? Because this is God taking one more step in delivering His promise, because out of this couple would come David, and out of David would come the Messiah Jesus. This is God through this alien woman, this stranger, making sure that the promised Messiah would actually come. It confronts us again with the wild ways that God accomplishes His work of grace.
This is God protecting His promises, making sure that they’ll happen, creating the line, the genealogy, out of which Jesus, The Redeemer, will come. Yes, Boaz is a picture of redemption, but he’s not the Redeemer. But he’s in the line of the Redeemer because God makes sure it will happen. Listen, the physical history of Scripture is important because it’s that history in which God works to make sure that His promises actually do take place for His people.” Paul Tripp – The Gospel One Chapter at a Time : Ruth: A Redemption Story
Often we do not undertdan the way and manner in which God works in our lives to bring about His plan and purpose, however in this we may take comfort – God is Soveriegn, God is Wise and God is in control…
Stay blessed in trusting God’s plan, like Ruth did