A Difficult Providence

Rev. Lane Stephenson

A Difficult Providence

Ruth 1:8-18

Have you ever asked yourself the question, "If I had known then what I know now, what would I have done differently...would I have done it differently?" It's a tantalizing question - especially as the years go by and we have more of life on which to reflect!

The story of Ruth is a reminder that our steps, our days, and our circumstances - even our "difficult providences" - are in the hands of a God whose gracious sovereignty and incredible kindness work to accomplish His good purposes, enabling us to affirm with William Cowper:

"God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform; He plants His footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm. Deep in unfathomable mines of never-failing skill, He treasures up His bright designs, and works His sovereign will."

As we continue the Sunday morning series in the book of Ruth, we learn more of the greatness and grace of our God as we reflect on the difficult providence experienced by Naomi and her family. One writer has said, it is an account that urges upon us "a certainty, and delight, in the security of God's providence."