If you’re married, do you remember how it felt when you proposed? Did you have a plan? What was it like waiting for the response? Ruth had proposed to Boaz and was waiting for an answer, find out what happened here in Ruth 4 and listen to the recording from this morning at the link below:
Are you ever disappointed? Of course! We can feel let down and disappointed by all sorts of things. What happens if you throw everything into one person? What if you throw everything into the person God provides? Will you be disappointed? You can read Ruth 3 here and listen to the sermon at the link below:
Do you believe that God is in control over every area of life? He’s interested and ruling over your life day to day? He’s watching over every detail of your life such that nothing happens by chance?
Or do you believe that He’s more distant than that, He made everything but then just lets everything get on itself?
The first view is reassuring when things are going well and comforting to a point, but then what when things go wrong? Do we then have to say “God is against me”? Sometimes, it’s less distressing to take the second view in the hard times, to think of God as a little less involved, a little more distant.
If you believe God is in control over every detail of our lives, we can very easily find ourselves asking, why God did you let that happen? Are you against me? That was how Naomi felt in chapter 1 of Ruth you can read Ruth 2 here and listen to the sermon recording at the link above.
Imagine living in Ireland in the 1840s, by 1851 one million had died of famine and one million had fled to North America or Britain. That was something like the world that Naomi and her family were living in, but Ruth and Naomi learnt what Corrie Ten Boom wrote “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
You can read Ruth 1 here and listen to the sermon at the link below.