The Mighty Hand of God

There are some things only God can do. Only God can create the world out of nothing. Only God can speak all things into existence. Only God can tell the oceans how far to come on shore and how much rain should fall. Only God could allow Noah to build and ark, David to kill a giant and Daniel to escape the lions. God alone could multiply fish and bread and walk on water. He alone could die in our place that we might live. Jonathon Edwards once said, “Only God can do what God can do.” How true this is.

As we close out our study on Ruth, we find another only God moment. The Bible says that “Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife, and he went in to her. And the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.” We can’t forget Ruth had been previously married to Mahlon for 10 years. Ten years they had lived together as husband and wife and yet, Ruth had never bore any children. I find this fascinating. For it seems that almost immediately after Boaz and Ruth marry, she conceives. I wonder if Ruth thought it was even possible? Yet, after seeing the Lord take her from the land of Moab, lead her to the field of Boaz and allow this kind man to redeem her. I’m sure she was not too surprised.  Yet, not only does Ruth conceive, as if that wasn’t good enough, the Bible says she has a son. And not just any son, but the “father of Jesse; the father of David.”

Just as it was God’s plan from the foundation of the world to redeem his children through the death and blood of Christ. It was the Lord’s plan for Boaz, a half-jew/half-gentile, to redeem Ruth, a Moabite, that He might bring about the Christ, the Savior of the world.

There is so much to be learned from this, yet I want to leave you with a few thoughts. First, only God is in control of all things. He alone opened Ruth’s womb and allowed her to conceive. At just the right time and for just the right purpose. He too is in control of our lives and He, not we, knows what is best. Second, if God can use Boaz a half-breed and Ruth a Moabite in the lineage of Christ. He can use us no matter what our past, no matter who we are or what our abilities for His good purposes and for His ultimate glory.

 “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord (I Cor. 1:27-31).”

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