And at mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here and eat some bread and dip your morsel in the wine.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed to her roasted grain. And she ate until she was satisfied, and she had some left over. When she rose to glean, Boaz instructed his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. And also pull out some from the bundles for her and leave it for her to glean, and do not rebuke her.”
So she gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley. And she took it up and went into the city. Her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. She also brought out and gave her what food she had left over after being satisfied. And her mother-in-law said to her, “Where did you glean today? And where have you worked? Blessed be the man who took notice of you.” So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked and said, “The man’s name with whom I worked today is Boaz.” And Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “May he be blessed by the Lord, whose kindness has not forsaken the living or the dead!” Naomi also said to her, “The man is a close relative of ours, one of our redeemers.” And Ruth the Moabite said, “Besides, he said to me, ‘You shall keep close by my young men until they have finished all my harvest.’” And Naomi said to Ruth, her daughter-in-law, “It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, lest in another field you be assaulted.” So she kept close to the young women of Boaz, gleaning until the end of the barley and wheat harvests. And she lived with her mother-in-law. Ruth 2:14-23 ESV
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 ESV
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5 ESV
Some years ago my husband and I were looking for a house in the city. We looked in some neighborhoods that we thought would be nice, but we couldn’t find anything right in these areas. After looking for a little while we found a good house in a different neighborhood. Moving into that house changed our life in many ways. We went to the church in our new neighborhood, and at church we met people who got us interested in adopting our little girl from China, and later in going to live in China for a couple of years. It’s hard to imagine how different our life would have been if we had found a house in a different part of the city. We know God worked through the circumstances to guide us and lead us.
God worked through circumstances in Ruth’s life, also. It might have seemed like it was just a happy coincidence that brought her to glean in Boaz’s field. But it was no accident. God was at work, guiding her and caring for her and Naomi through the kindness and generosity of Boaz. He had a plan for Ruth, and as she worked faithfully to help and care for her mother-in-law, God’s plan unfolded.
God moves through all times and circumstances to bring about his purposes. He moved through history until the right time came to send Jesus, our Savior. Jesus came to this world to bring us back to God by dying on the cross for us. Because of Jesus, our sins are forgiven and we are God’s people. He promises to work in our lives for our good and for his best purposes.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for working your purposes in our lives, and especially for sending us Jesus, our Savior. In His Name, Amen.