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God’s Providence

Weekly Devotionals

God’s Providence

 And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.” So she set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech.Ruth 2:2-3

During this season of thanksgiving we can find so much to be grateful to the Lord for; our families, the people he has surrounded us with, our health, our jobs and opportunities … It is easy to thank God for things we see, but do we ever just stop and thank God for his providence?

For one of my classes this week we had to read through the book of Ruth. When compared with prior books, it is interesting that God seems often silent throughout the book of Ruth. In the books that come before such as Joshua and Judges, we see an active God, where his signs and miracles are on display and are easy to see. However, in the book of Ruth, God seems relatively silent. Even in the verses above Ruth “happened to” come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, rather than being guided by an active God.

However, the attentive reader finishes the book of Ruth and realizes that God’s providence was at work the whole time. The very act of Ruth gleaning the fields is attributed to God working behind the scenes. Wasn’t it God who commanded in Leviticus 23, “And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.” By the end of the book of Ruth we know that Ruth has ultimately been guided and cared for by the unseen hand of God.

What does this mean for us? Isn’t it true that we often seek signs, miracles, or for God to act in a visible way? How many of us have prayed that God would show us clearly what to do? I know I have! But maybe we have been focusing on the wrong thing … Let us instead give thanks, even when things seem bad or when God seems silent, and in faith know that he is working for our best.

God has always been at work in our lives from the beginning, now, and till the end. Sometimes we forget that, but isn’t that what faith is?

Be encouraged and give thanks, for God providence is at work in your lives right now!