Have you ever read the book of Ruth? It’s a short, 4-chapter story tucked within the pages of the Old Testament. It’s a story that took place during turbulent times in the history of the nation of Israel. It’s a love story, one that you would never expect at that time.
At first glance, it may seem like a love story between a poor, young widow, who has left her country to help her mother-in-law (also a widow), and a respected gentleman in Israel. But, as beautiful as that love story is, it points to an even greater love story between God and His people.
I have been studying through this little book with a couple of women from my church. And, in my study, I came across a sermon that was preached on this amazing story. It was too good not to share.
“The life of the godly is not a straight line to glory, but they do get there. The life of the godly is not an Interstate through Nebraska, but a state road through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee. There are rock slides and precipices and dark mists and bears and slippery curves and hairpin turns that make you go backwards in order to go forwards. But all along this hazardous, twisted road that doesn’t let you see very far ahead there are frequent signs that say, ‘The best is yet to come.’ And at the bottom right corner written with an unmistakable hand are the words, ‘As I live, says the Lord!’
“Ruth was written to help us see the signposts of the grace of God in our lives, and to help us trust his grace even when the clouds are so thick that we can’t see the road let alone the signs on the side. Let’s go back and remind ourselves that it was God who acted to turn each setback into a stepping stone to joy, and that it is God in all of our bitter providences who is plotting for our good.”
~ John Piper