Day 6

fields of provision

from the fields of provision reading plan


Ruth 2:17-23, Psalm 16:5-6

BY Hayley Morgan

Text: Ruth 2:17-23, Psalm 16:5-6

In our fast-paced culture, it can be easy (and even encouraged!) to always be on the lookout for the next thing. Maybe it’s the next job, the next child, the next semester at school. Maybe you hope the grass will be greener then. Maybe you have always hoped the grass would be greener.

Many of us go through life always looking to the next moment to fulfill our hope, secure our place, or satiate us. When you look at the consequences of this thought process, you’ll see a life that is insecure, tossed by the capricious whims of the world.

The only end to that kind of living is exhaustion. Discontent. A striving existence.

But sometimes, when we live from a place of lack, we find ourselves thankful for what is right in front of us. To be honest, don’t we all live from a place of both lack and plenty? Apart from and without the Lord we have nothing—no breath, no life, no sustenance, no direction. But, like Ruth finds in this passage, God has blessed her beyond measure and just in time.

He knew her lack. He knew her vulnerability. He knew the ways Ruth had been hurt and the things she’d lost. And He provided her just what she needed at just the time she needed it. It may not have been the life she would have chosen, if she had her way. But it was the way of the Lord, and the way of the Lord is good.

Psalms 16:5-6 is a comfort to all us who need reminding that the Lord has provided well for us. It says, “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.”

These lines the Psalmist speaks of are boundary lines, just like the boundary of the field Ruth gleaned from. The Lord indeed gave Ruth an abundant blessing, a sweet and beautiful sustenance, and this small provision was leading toward an even greater part of Ruth’s story.

We see over and over again in Scripture that the Lord provides for His people. He provides them what they need when they need it, and usually not before. But, His provision is normally not even the most exciting part of the story.

Provision seems to be a small deal for the Lord; He does it even for the lilies and the sparrows. He calls His people into relationship for His glory and that is indeed a beautiful inheritance!

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  1. Emily Elizabeth says:

    I found this so encouraging. I’m 24 and feel so unsure of what I’m doing with my life. My dreams feel so out of reach financially and emotionally. My friends are getting married and starting families and I’m killing myself with low wages and school to try and make something of myself in medicine. I know God wants me in medicine. He keeps guiding me back there no matter how I try and fight it. But it’s exhausting and lonely at times. It’s so relieving to know that the Lord will provide everything at the perfect moment. It’s one incredibly important thing that I don’t have to worry about.

  2. Liz says:

    I really liked this. Tomorrow I have to have a very difficult conversation with a friend where we have had a lot of bitterness towards each other. I’ve been very anxious but I know that God will provide me with the grace and patience I need. And hopefully something better than simply closure will come of it.

  3. Tracy says:

    The provision is normally not even the most exciting part of the story…. That sentence jumped out at me. There have been seasons when for me, it most definitely was… Seeing as how I sure didn’t know how I kept having one meal after another… But God always provided. But to him, I’m sure I r wasn’t about meeting my physical needs, but the bigger picture… What he was doing in my heart instead. Even though my current situation is much more stable, the fear of not knowing where I would love or if my baby would eat still stings. But that is only Satan. Fear isn’t from God. The good news is we never went hungry, we never got cold. God provided. He did for Ruth and he did for me, and he will for all his people.

  4. Elsje says:

    God has provided me a job, a home, and wonderful community. Now I enjoy and live in Him to show my gratitude. I don’t need to find the next thing. I am still trying to be better at this thing, with His help.

  5. Abz says:

    Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my Shepherd, You are all I need. be at rest O my soul for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

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