1 Corinthians 2:6 Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. 7 No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. 8But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. 9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him.”
The story of Ruth and her mother in law Naomi illustrates the mystery of God’s plans for us as individuals and collectively. Here we have a God fearing family headed by Elimelech. He was a good man. He loved his wife Naomi and their two sons. The economy went bust, there was a terrible famine so Elimelech moved his family to Moab. As if all of that weren’t enough, Elimelech died leaving Naomi a widow in a foreign country. Her sons married Moabite women and they lived there another ten years at which point both sons died leaving all three women with no way to support themselves!
Why would God allow this Godly woman to go through tragedy after tragedy? At one point she even said, “God’s hand has gone out against me.” She really felt cursed! I can only imagine what some religious folks would say today! It would probably be along the lines of, “Have you forgiven your husband for dying? Have you forgiven God? Didn’t you pay your tithes?!”
Was Naomi cursed? No! Quite the opposite is true! Naomi had found a place so dear to the heart of God that He showed her His great favor. You may be thinking, “If that’s how God’s favor looks, I’d rather be cursed!” You probably wouldn’t be alone but you would totally miss it! Of course we all know that God took care of Naomi and her daughter -in- law Ruth through Boaz and that there was even a special baby born named Obed to carry on Elimelech’s name. That was enough to cause everyone to rejoice at the time but that’s not how the story ends. Not even Naomi knew how the story ended because it’s not over yet. You see, the scripture tells us that baby Obed grew up and had a son named Jesse who had a son named David and we know that from David’s line came our Messiah, Jesus.
Naomi’s story isn’t over and what looked like tragic curses, were in reality, the most amazing acts of favor and trust from God. God knew that Naomi wouldn’t fail Him in the midst of her sorrow. He trusted her with the living story of His Son. What is your story? Whatever it is, you can rest assured that if you are seeking God, He is in control of the outcome of every single circumstance. The story is much bigger than you and what you can see and it isn’t over. Ever.