Daily D – Ruth 4:11-17

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Ruth 4:11-17  All the people who were at the city gate, including the elders, said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is entering your house like Rachel and Leah, who together built the house of Israel. May you be powerful in Ephrathah and your name well known in Bethlehem. May your house become like the house of Perez, the son Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring the Lord will give you by this young woman.” Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. He slept with her, and the Lord granted conception to her, and she gave birth to a son. The women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you without a family redeemer today. May his name become well known in Israel. He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. Indeed, your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” Naomi took the child, placed him on her lap, and became a mother to him. The neighbor women said, “A son has been born to Naomi,” and they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. (CSB)

Psalm 77:19 
Your way went through the sea 
and your path through the vast water, 
but your footprints were unseen.“ (CSB)

The unseen hand of God accomplishes his purposes in ways we cannot perceive until they come about in his perfect timing. 

Reading the Bible day by day and from cover to cover reveals this truth. We cannot thwart the purposes of God. We can derail his purpose for us through foolish choice and harmful behavior. We cannot stop the incoming tide of his renewing of all things. 

It is amazing how the mundane moments of our lives come together from time to time showing us what God has been doing all along beyond our notice. As Psalm 77:19 in the New Living Translation says, 

Your road led through the sea, 
your pathway through the mighty waters— 
a pathway no one knew was there!

Whatever you are up against today, know our Father in Heaven is working on the circumstances and on us to bring about his highest and best solution. Remember, there is more going on here than what we perceive, than what we can know. 

One right decision after another, one right next action after another, leads us ever-more definitely into God’s good light and life. 

Do not walk the path you can see if God is leading another way. His path may be imperceptible, but his purpose is divine, and his path is sure. The best possible outcome for our lives is found along God’s invisible pathways. 

I will follow our path-making God.

Our Father, lead me today through the sea, through the fire, through the mundane moments of ordinary days. Lead me. Your highest and best is discovered when you lead the way. I will follow. I will obey your directions to walk before you and be blameless. You will do far more than I can perceive. Your goodness will cause me to sing your praise. Amen. 

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