So they get back home to the Promised Land, they no longer have land, and Ruth basically goes out each day as a beggar. She picks up the leftover grain from others’ fields to hopefully have enough to feed herself and Naomi. She doesn’t have a husband and she doesn’t have children. Things are fairly despondent for Ruth. Now we get the benefit of knowing the whole story. We know that Ruth eventually marries Boaz, has a child, and through that child the line of David would continue. But don’t jump the gun. As young Ruth is walking through those hot grain fields picking up leftovers, remembering her dead husband and worrying about feeding herself and Naomi, wondering if she would die a widow, she didn’t know what God was going to do. In fact, if we pause the story here things are pretty depressing. But notice, God chose to use those things that were depressing and hard to bring about good. From despair shines God’s faithfulness. God took a sinful decision to move, a foreign woman who used to worship false gods, a helpless situation with two ladies living as beggars with no children, and God brought about Jesus, the Savior of the World.
Don’t miss this fact. Naomi and Ruth never knew what was going to happen. They died not knowing that God used them to preserve the line of Jesus.
Sometimes in life we don’t know why things happen or even what’s happening. We just look at our lives and say, “This stinks.” God never promises us that He will tell us why, but He does promise us that He is in control. He does promise us that those things in life that are painful, He can use for good and for His glory. I don’t think for a moment that this will take the pain away but it does give us the long view. It gives us a heavenly perspective, knowing that our circumstances don’t determine the future. God does.
Your brother in Christ,