And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.” Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.” So she went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she was working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelek. Ruth 2, verses 2 and 3.
Jesus doesn’t do coincidences. How many times in your life have things worked out so good that it almost seemed as if someone designed it that way? And have you ever had a time when everything seemed to just fall into place? Most of us have. Yes, prior planning prevents poor performance, and much of what we do is the result of hard work and good choices we made before. But even the most worldly and agnostic of us must honestly admit that there are some times when things just go well as if someone intended for it to be that way.
It’s because Someone did. I like to think of it as “the Jesus Factor.”
That’s how it was for Ruth. She and Naomi needed food. They needed it so badly that she, a ‘hostile’ foreigner, was willing to walk behind the harvesters, picking up the scraps and pieces of barley or grain that fell off their harvest. They were willing to eat what was trash, left behind. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been THAT hungry, willing to eat out of the bad food that nobody else wanted. There are parts of the world where this is common practice, and there are many, many parts of the world where picking through the garbage for food is commonplace; perhaps there are more of those than there are places where mankind is well-fed.
But that’s the predicament in which Ruth and Naomi found themselves. When that happened, their lives were multiplied by that Jesus Factor. Out of selflessness, Ruth volunteered to glean the fields and, by ‘chance,’ she found herself in the field of Naomi’s wealthy kinsman, Boaz. At any time in history, that could be dangerous for a single young woman, and it must have been even more so during the savage time in which Ruth lived. Yet volunteer she did. She trusted Naomi’s God, her new God, to take care of her and provide someone ‘in whose eyes I find favor.’
She trusted. God provided. God provided by multiplying her life by His Jesus Factor and placing her in a place where she could find both food and favor. Very soon we’ll see that she found all she could have ever hoped for. That’s no coincidence.
Lord, you are lord over all the world. Your work is no coincidence and Your hand in my life is not by chance.
Read Ruth 2.
Have you ever had a time when things simply fell into place?
Do you ever feel as if your good days are ‘touched by an angel?’
What is your opinion about coincidences?