“So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife…and the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son…
They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.”
Ruth 4:13, 17
I recently finished reading the book of Ruth. I was thinking of it this morning, and it struck me anew how God used this woman who was a foreigner to the people of God.
After her husband died, instead of returning to her family, Ruth chose to remain with her mother-in-law. Even when she was told to go back home and get married among her people, Ruth was determined to stay with Naomi. “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16). Ruth declared in that moment that she would follow the God of Israel. And she did so by leaving everything she had known.
Through her story, we see the constant provision of God. His hand is evident in certain details that “just happen” to fit together perfectly. And then we see the amazing way God honored Ruth. Israel’s King David was born in her line. And several generations later, the Messiah. She is listed in the genealogy of Christ. This young woman who was not born an Israelite and who simply made that choice to forsake her false gods and follow the One who lives forever and ever.
This is what God is able to do with our lives when we surrender them to Him. We have no idea what He is planning to accomplish through us, in this generation and in generations to come. So let us determine to follow Him unreservedly, trusting that He is at work in details we cannot see, that He will be faithful throughout our days, and that He will be glorified in us.
“The counsel of the LORD stands forever,
the plans of his heart to all generations.”