Naomi took the boy, cradled him against her breast, and cared for him. The neighbor women joined the celebration: “A son has been born to Naomi!” They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. Ruth 4:16-17
This short book of Ruth, sandwiched between the Book of Judges and the historical books of First and Second Samuel, sets the stage for what is to come, the beginning of Israel’s kings. We got a teaser of that in the conclusion of Chapter 4, knowing that Boaz would be the grandfather of the future king, David.
The book of Ruth is a good example of how we see God guiding us in everyday events. There is no dramatic intervention of God, like we have seen in the Book of Judges and in Exodus, where God manifested himself in a concrete way. The Book of Ruth tells of our reality, God being present in the ordinary events of everyday life. God is manifested in more subtle ways, through the characters’ actions, their love for one another, and it is here that His love is revealed in the story.
God is constantly revealing His glory in our every day events; but often we are not attuned to see it, but just assume it is part of the fabric of life. Imagine how different our lives can be, if we see all unfolding under the gaze of God and His hand?
Today, let us walk with the Lord in the ordinariness of our day, and come to the end of it, look back, and see God’s footprints right next to ours.
May God bless you.