His Path to Divine Purpose

Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.”

─ Ruth 4:14-15 ESV

The book of Ruth is not just a story about a sweet girl who refused to leave her mother-in-law in her grief. God’s divine purpose, likely unknown to Ruth at the time, was for her to not only be a part of God’s restoration plan in Naomi’s life, but also to make a way for the births of king David and the promised one, Jesus.

The women of the town witnessed first-hand Ruth’s love for her mother-in-law. The Bible records their words to Naomi in the selected verse above. They recognized what God had done for Naomi through her obedience to God and to Naomi’s instructions – from gleaning the fields and in responding to Boaz’s interest in her.

Naomi truly struggled to understand how God could allow her to lose her husband and sons. On her way through the storm, she struggled, but held on to God. He proved himself trustworthy and He brought restoration and blessing out of her grief.

Like Ruth and Naomi, you may not know the reason for your trials until you can look back from eternity’s perspective and see God’s handiwork amid all the obstacles life brings. You have a promise that the Lord will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5-6). Trust and believe that He is leading and guiding you today.

Today’s One Thing

When making decisions this week, trust God knowing that your significance in this life is eternal. Accept God’s promise from Proverbs 3:5-6 and confess each day this week: “Lord, I trust You with all my heart and refuse to lean into my own understanding. In all my ways (and all my decisions) I acknowledge You. I know you are directing my path.”

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