A Study on Ruth: God’s Ordinary Ways

The book of Ruth is a story that shows how "God moves in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform." It's a story for people who wonder where God is when there are no dreams or visions or prophets. It's for people who wonder where God is when one tragedy after another attack their faith. It's a story for people who wonder whether a life of integrity in tough times is worth it. And it's a story for people who can't imagine that anything great could ever come of their ordinary lives of faith. The book of Ruth invites us to consider how God might be at work in the very ordinary events of our lives as well.

It was a very dark time in Israel; it is in the ‘day of the Judges.’ The book of Ruth gives us a glimpse of the hidden work of God during the worst of times. Indeed, one of the main messages of this little book is that God is at work in the worst of times. When you think he is farthest from you, or has even turned against you, the truth is that he is laying foundation stones of greater happiness in your life. As the song-writer penned:

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense
But trust him for his grace.
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

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