I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. —Psalm 77:11

In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there—Ruth 1:1

And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. —Ruth 5:17  

            God weaves together His purposes in the everyday workings of life.  Elimelech took his wife, Naomi and two sons, to Moab to escape the famine.  There Elimelech died and after his two sons married, they also died.  That left three widows to fend for themselves.

            Naomi decided to go back to Bethlehem and urged her two daughters-in-law to return to their father’s homes.  Orpah did return, but Ruth determined to stay with Naomi and traveled to Bethlehem with her.  Now let’s look at the Providence of God in everyday life.

  • Naomi and Ruth came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barely harvest
  • Ruth wound up gleaning barely in Boaz’s field
  • Boaz showed favor to Ruth
  • Boaz knew of Ruth’s loyalty to Naomi
  • Boaz was a near relative (a redeemer)
  • Boaz redeemed Elimelech’s property (including Ruth)
  • Boaz married Ruth
  • They have a son, Obed
  • Obed is the father of Jesse who was the father of David

Only our Lord knows how He is weaving the everyday workings of our lives to impact other people according to His purposes and for His glory.  Ruth, a Moabite, through her loyalty to Naomi wound up in the genealogy of Jesus! (Matthew 1:5). She is the grandmother of David!

Not only can there be impact through our physical genealogy, but there can be huge impact through our disciple-making genealogy as well when we lovingly obey our Lord (Matthew 28:19-20; II Timothy 2:2).  Think about all the people our Lord has worked through to make huge impacts in this world for His glory.  Someone impacted those people.  Oh, that our Lord would work through us to reach those who would make far greater impact for His glory than we ever would.  Not that we do not want to make a great impact for Him, but oh, that others would make a far greater impact than we ever could.  Would that not bring us great joy?  May it be so, Father by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Precious Son Jesus.

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