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Tragedy and Faith
Series: The Greatest of These is Love: A Study of Ruth
Dr. Deborah Waterbury
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In our introduction last week, we talked about the times and the setting of this little book, and I’m sure that by now if you’ve read the first chapter that this story has a very bleak beginning. However, I also hope that you took my advice from last week and started your study of “Ruth” by reading all the way through it once before beginning the chapter-by-chapter study.
If you did, you know that this is a story of God’s providence and His ability and willingness to make all things good, even when to us they may seem bad. This book reminds me so much of the song, “Oh God, We Trust in You”:
“God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform.
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides above the storm.
Deep in His dark and hidden mines,
With never changing skill,
He fashions all His bright designs,
And works His sovereign will.”
Bryan MacPhail wrote:
“No matter how painful your circumstances, no matter how complex your problem, God’s children should never despair because God is sovereign, and because God is committed to working for the benefit of His people.” (The Clouds Ye So Much Dread: Gleanings from the Book of Ruth, Bryan MacPhail, June 6, 2004)
This is a story for people who wonder where God is when there are no dreams or visions or prophets. It’s for people who wonder whether a life of integrity in tough times is worth it. And it’s a story for people who can’t imagine that anything g ...
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