Thursday, January 04, 2007

Chance banished --

In the Bible college correspondence course I am currently taking, I recently finished the book of Ruth. I ran across this devotional, and found it very insightful...

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"She gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech."
Ruth 2:3


Her hap was. Yes, it seemed nothing but an accident, but how divinely was it overruled! Ruth had gone forth with her mother’s blessing, under the care of her mother’s God, to humble but honourable toil, and the providence of God was guiding her every step. Little did she know that amid the sheaves she would find a husband, that he should make her the joint owner of all those broad acres, and that she a poor foreigner should become one of the progenitors of the great Messiah.

God is very good to those who trust in him, and often surprises them with unlooked for blessings. Little do we know what may happen to us tomorrow, but this sweet fact may cheer us, that no good thing shall be withheld. Chance is banished from the faith of Christians, for they see the hand of God in everything. The trivial events of today or tomorrow may involve consequences of the highest importance.

This is a weary world when Jesus is away—we could better do without sun and moon that without Him—but how divinely fair all things become in the glory of His presence! Our souls know the virtue which dwells in Jesus, and can never be content without Him. We will wait in prayer this night until our hap shall be to light on a part of the field belonging to Jesus wherein He will manifest Himself to us.
-Spurgeon

6 comments:

Joel said...

It is definitely a good thing to know that God is sovereign and in control.

What Bible correspondence course are you taking?

Megan said...

So true!

BrittLeigh said...

Oh Bethany, I really appreciated that! Thanks so much for posting that! I am so grateful that the God we trust is the same one who Ruth trusted in!

(((hugs)))

the traveler said...

Thanks for posting this. It's exciting to think that God has woven all those "trivial details" into this complex and intricate tapestry called our lives. In movies and books the characters often hope or wonder if something happened for a reason, but we know they do!

Anonymous said...

I would be intersted in what course you are taking also!

Morgan

Bethany said...

The Bible course that I am taking is through the Homestead College of the Bible. Have any of you read the Pent book "10 P's in a Pod?" The Bible course was started by the father (Arnold Pent), and now the oldest son (David Pent) carries it on.