God's Plan is Bigger - Ruth 4:13-22

So Boaz married Ruth and had sexual relations with her. The Lord enabled her to conceive and she gave birth to a son. The village women said to Naomi, "May the Lord be praised because he has not left you without a guardian today! May he become famous in Israel! He will encourage you and provide for you when you are old, for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, has given him birth. She is better to you than seven sons!" Naomi took the child and placed him on her lap; she became his caregiver. The neighbor women named him, saying, "A son has been born to Naomi." They named him Obed. Now he became the father of Jesse - David's father! These are the descendants of Perez: Perez was the father of Hezron, Hezron was the father of Ram, Ram was the father of Amminadab, Amminadab was the father of Nachshon, Nachshon was the father of Salmah, Salmon was the father of Boaz, Boaz was the father of Obed, Obed was the father of Jesse, and Jesse was the father of David. Ruth 4:13-22

Can you think of a better ending to this beautiful story of Ruth and Naomi? As I read this I think of nothing but praises to God. Is this not the perfect example of God taking care of us thru trials and tribulations? Does it not show us that while we may hurt and find life difficult that He is still with us all the while painting a much bigger picture than what we may realize at the time?

First, let's look specifically to Naomi and the part she has in this story. When we begin reading the book of Ruth, Naomi has just lost her husband and both of her sons. She is living in a city that is not home and the only family close are her two daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah. When Naomi and Ruth move back to Bethlehem she asks her family and friends to call her 'Mara'. Mara means bitter. Naomi felt bitter after what she had recently experienced.

Now, let's jump ahead to the end of the book of Ruth. Naomi has been given a grandson to carry on the family name. She is his caregiver and she feels blessed. Her life has come full circle from pain and sorrow found in grief to the joy and wonder of new life. The Lord has taken her grief and replaced it with joy.

Let's now take a step back to look at the how God took their grief and made it into a great and marvelous plan that affected more than just Ruth and Naomi. Both Ruth and Naomi experienced pain found in grieving the loss of a loved one. They both lived among people they didn't know for a time and had to find a way to support themselves without their husbands. Life was difficult for awhile. I'm sure they wondered many times what God's plan was for them and why He allowed their husbands to die. But, if they hadn't experienced the loss of their husbands would they have returned to Bethlehem? Would Ruth have met Boaz? Would Ruth and Boaz have a son named Obed? A son that would father Jesse, the father of King David?

Neither Ruth nor Naomi lived to know David or know of his reign as King of Israel, but can you imagine how they would've felt if they knew where their story led? I am just in complete amazement when I look at how all of this story came together over years and years. It gives me a great assurance that, while I may have some incredibly difficult times in my life, God's plan is bigger and deeper and wider than my pain and that there is a purpose and a reason to it all.

Oh, how I thank God today for this assurance that He gives to us. An assurance that He is always there working out "the big picture" and taking both the good and the bad and working them for His good and perfect plan.

6 Thoughts Shared:

Rebecca said...

How true this post is, It is so easy to look at our circumstances that surround us and not allow God to fulfil the bigger plan for our lives. I am so thankful that even though I have hard trials in my life, I can rest assure that the Lord has my best interest in mind and that all things work together for my good.
The Christian life is an adventure. If we will just find contentment in each situation and allow patience to have its perfect work in our lives, we would be so much more peaceful in our walk with the Lord.
I thank God for the stories and promises he has given me in his word to teach me and comfort me through my walk of life.
Thank you for taking the time to post your study.
God Bless.

Meredith said...

I have so enjoyed your study of Ruth that I posted a link in my blog for today! I hope that was okay!!:) Hope you had a great vacation!

Laurie Ann said...

Just seeing God's handprints all over the life of Ruth give me tingles! I love it! Welcome back! I missed you.

LauraLee Shaw said...

You have such a gift for teaching. Wow. I'm so thankful I have this assurance...but I wish I would lean on it more. Thanks for the boost!

Tricia said...

This really spoke to me from your post...

It gives me a great assurance that, while I may have some incredibly difficult times in my life, God's plan is bigger and deeper and wider than my pain and that there is a purpose and a reason to it all.

What encouragement that speaks to me! Thanks so much for sharing what you are learning as you dig deep into His Word!


Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

I really enjoyed this post! Thanks!