fields of provision
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Ruth 2:17-23, Psalm 16:5-6
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!