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From the Outside Looking In


Ruth 1-4

Every little girl dreams about her wedding day. The possibility of that day not coming when she wants it to never crosses her mind. Until all her friends get married, and she finds herself still waiting for God to bring the right relationship. Or, it never crosses her mind that the man of her dreams will show up then disappear unexpectedly, either from divorce or death. It’s in those moments that she must ask herself, “Just how much do I trust God?” Does she trust Him to be enough for her? Does she trust Him to know exactly what she needs when she needs it?

In the book of Ruth, we meet a lady living in that moment. Ruth stands widowed and alone with only her mother-in-law to lean on. She makes the decision to travel to her mother-in-law’s hometown, having no clue what she will find there — possibly more loneliness, possibly another husband, possibly scorn and ridicule. If we read Ruth carefully, we can see God’s hand all over her as she walks this path. He had a Godly man waiting to marry her, and he took her to that place to meet him at exactly the right moment.

Not only do we see God’s plan work out perfectly for Ruth, we also see how God took care of her along the way. He provided loving support from her mother-in-law, gave her a safe place to gather grain and provided enough food for her to eat and be satisfied. Even when she couldn’t see God, from the outside looking in, we see His hand all over her situation.

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