READING: Ruth 2
The sovereign and purposeful hand of God is behind each of the scenes in the book of Ruth. When Ruth sought to glean in the fields after the reapers, she “happened” to come to the portion of the field belonging to Naomi’s kinsman Boaz. Impressed by what he had heard about Ruth’s commitment to her mother-in-law, Boaz promised to protect her. In addition, Boaz provided for her through his instructions to his men, and it was obvious to Naomi when Ruth returned from the field that someone had taken notice of her. When she heard it was her kinsman Boaz, the formerly embittered Naomi blessed the Lord for His kindness.
Lord, this wonderful story reminds me that You are at work in ways I cannot predict or imagine. When I am tempted to be embittered at my circumstances, let me remember that You are working all things together for my good and that the only safe refuge is under Your wings.
Meditation passage: verses 12, 20