God is gracious and sovereign even when he is silent.


Today we read Ruth 2-3.  Here is  commentary from John Piper, in a series on Ruth, Ruth: Under the Wings of God

But before we leave verses 1–7, did you sense a merciful providence behind all this? Notice verse 3: “So she set forth and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers; and she happened to come to a part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech.” She “happened to come”? You don’t have to write your theology in every line. Sometimes it’s good to leave something ambiguous to give your reader a chance to fill in the blank if he has caught on. The answer can be given later. It will be. In fact, Naomi, with her grand theology of God’s sovereignty, is the one who will give the answer. The answer is God—the merciful providence of God guiding Ruth as she gleans. Ruth happened to come to Boaz’s field because God is gracious and sovereign even when he is silent. As the proverb (16:9) says, “A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”

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