Posted by: davidlarkin | November 5, 2021

Ruth and Boaz – A Chance Meeting?

Ruth and Boaz 1876-7 by Thomas Matthews Rooke 1842-1942

“Ruth and Boaz” (1876-77) painting by Thomas Matthews Rooke (1842 – 1942, London) from the Tate Museum in London, UK. Rooke was a British watercolourist. He worked as a designer, as an assistant to other artists, and was commissioned by John Ruskin to make architectural drawings.

“Chance is banished from the faith of Christians, for they see the hand of God in everything.”  — Charles Haddon Spurgeon

While it seemed like a chance meeting, it was the providence of God. Ruth and Boaz produced a son from whom Jesus, the Messiah descended. The story of Ruth in the book of Ruth in the Hebrew Old Testament is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. You can read the book of Ruth by here at the ESV website.

Here is what prominent 19th Century preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon wrote about the chance meeting of Ruth and Boaz in his “Morning and Evening Devotional” (as modernized by Alistair Begg):


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 2:3

She happened to come. Yes, it seemed nothing but an accident, but it was divinely ruled over! Ruth had gone out with her mother-in-law’s blessing, under the care of her mother-in-law’s God, to humble but honorable work, and the providence of God was guiding her every step. Little did she know that among the sheaves she would find a husband, that he would make her the joint owner of all those broad acres, and that she, a poor foreigner, would become one of the ancestors of the great Messiah.

God is very good to those who trust in Him and often surprises them with unexpected blessings. Little do we know what may happen to us tomorrow, but this sweet fact may cheer us—that no good thing will be withheld. Chance is banished from the faith of Christians, for they see the hand of God in everything. The trivial events of today or tomorrow may involve consequences of the highest importance. O Lord, deal as graciously with Your servants now as You did with Ruth.

How blessed would it be if, in wandering in the field of meditation tonight, we should happen to find ourselves in the place where the Lord Jesus will reveal Himself to us! O Spirit of God, guide us to Him. We would rather glean in His field than carry home the whole harvest from any other place. We would follow the footsteps of His flock, which would guide us to the green pastures where He dwells! This is a weary world when Jesus is away—we would survive easier without sun and moon than without Him—but how divinely fair all things become in the glory of His presence! Our souls know the virtue that lives in Jesus and can never be content without Him. We will wait in prayer tonight until we “happen” to come to a part of the field belonging to Jesus in which He will reveal Himself to us.

 


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