The whole letter of Ruth cries “free will” while being married to “God’s sovereignty.” It was the free will of Naomi and her husband to move to Moab. It was the free will of their boys to choose Moabite wives. It was the free will of Ruth to stay with Naomi and adopt her people and her God after her husband died. It was the free will of Ruth to choose to work in the fields of Boaz. It was the free will of Ruth to seek redemption from Boaz. It was the free will of Ruth’s closest redeemer to give away his right of redemption to Boaz. It was the free will of Boaz to follow through and redeem Ruth. It was the free will of Boaz to take Ruth as his wife and seek to have a child with her.
The flip side of each of those decisions is the sovereignty of God. Why? Because the fruit of the marriage of Boaz and Ruth was a son named Obed who was the father of Jesse, the father of David. It is from the line of David that Jesus, the Messiah is born!
As Boaz, Ruth and Naomi chose their path and made daily decisions about life, they had no idea what the fruit of their choices would be. They had no idea of the sovereign control of God in their lives. They saw themselves making their own choices and yet God superseded everything to ensure that his will was accomplished.
Father, sometimes as I make my daily choices, I have no idea how they all will work out in your plan for me or in your plan for others. I often can make decisions as though though they really do not matter. Yet, I choose to yield to your leadership on a daily basis and trust you to lead me and work through me. I thank you that you have given me freedom and I thank you that you are bigger than all my choices and can easily use them to accomplish your will. I thank you for being intimately in control even when I do not know it!
Following Jesus with you,