Wednesday, September 7, 2011

God is in Control {Journey of Providence Day 3}

Welcome to Day 3 of our Journey Series!
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To help us understand Ruth better and the trials she faced
let’s look at the background and times.

*Ruth is set in the time of Judges which comes right before Ruth in the Bible.
*The Judges governed Israel at this time and it was among the most cruel and spiritually dark days it had ever seen.
*The last verse of Judges says it best, “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.” Judges 21:25

It was a very dark time indeed. People’s views of God were obscured by the circumstances around them.

 10 After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. 11 Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals. 12 They forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They provoked the LORD to anger...
Judges 2:10-12 NIV

6 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.
Judges 17:6 NIV
How have I let the circumstances, the detours, obscure my view of God?

I think of the sufferings of Ruth, Naomi, and Orpah.
Did they let the pain, hurt, obscure their view of God?

In the Word it says...

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
James 1:2 NIV

Notice it says, “whenever,” not “if.”
We are all certain to face trials, detours in life, things not go as we had thought.
It is only a matter of when.


Sometimes it is not by our choice, but by the choices of another.
Sometimes it is not even a person, but a serious illness, wreck,
or whatever the situation may be.

In this world where we do have choices.
God is still in control.

1 Peter 1:6b NIV says:
though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.

Oh how they must have grieved the lost of their husbands and Naomi her sons.
The trials of their journey through the desert imaginable.
How I have grieved the loss of loved ones, a broken relationship, the laying of the lives I love and that are closest to me in the hands of Christ during some major trials.

How have you grieved dear friend?
What losses are you facing today?
What is the detour you are on?

Keep traveling dear friend.
It is not done here.
The Journey is not over...


Joining 5 other writers, kindred friends, who are sharing the journeys they are on.
September 5th-16th sharing the words God has laid upon our hearts and breathed into our souls. Each one different, yet weaving our lives together.  

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4 comments:

  1. Often it is only after the trial that I can see God there. I'm really trying in this season of my life to search more intentionally for him during the hard times. It's tough, but so rewarding!

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  2. so interesting, where God is taking you! THe story of Ruth always gets me. What a tremendous one. It's true we are pretty much guarenteed to struggle, it's just a matter of will we let God be with us, or will we try to do it on our own... I am learning to be more open to accepting His help! ;)

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  3. Same here Christine! It is the looking back and seeing His Hand in all of it. At the time it can be so hard. Praying for ya friend!

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  4. How I have gripped and can grip the wheel of control. I love the story of Ruth too Kris. It is one that has stayed with me for a long time. Each time, God shows something new. Praying for you friend!

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