"And she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz." Isn't it fascinating how it just so happened Ruth went to the "right" field to harvest grain?
Theologians attribute such events to the providence of God. They define providence as God's involvement in the world. Jerry Bridges, an author who is worth your time, defines providence as God's "constant care for and His absolute rule over all His creation for His own glory and the good of His people."
We live in a time and culture that attributes events such as this to chance rather than God's constant care for and absolute rule over all His creation. But the God of the Bible doesn't. He boldly declares Himself to be the ultimate cause, not chance, karma or destiny. Jesus agrees with this analysis. In Matthew 10:29 (NIV) He says, "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father." Jesus describes this event as His Father's will not some random, unplanned occurrence.
Often, in the church, God is acknowledged and thanked for the "good things" that happen, but chance or fate are credited with those events we deem "bad." But the Lord takes responsibility for them all. In Isaiah 45:7 He says, "I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the LORD who does all these things." When we attribute events to chance, fate or anything but the sovereign God of all creation, we deny who He declares Himself to be; which is, in effect, atheism.
In His Word, God proclaims the ability to accomplish His will and actively bring to pass what He plans based upon His foreknowledge. Acts 2:23 says Jesus was, "delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God." Later in Acts 4:27-28 we are told, "In this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place."
Since God is in control of everything from the death of a sparrow to the sacrificial death of His Son, why would I doubt and struggle with His providential care and concern? Especially when He says in Isaiah 46:4 (NIV), "I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you."
Divine Providence, Sovereign LORD, thank You for the Bible. Forgive me for failing to acknowledge You as You reveal Yourself in Scripture. Holy Spirit, thank You for my new heart that believes. Based upon my Father's Word, I trust Him no matter how the situation appears, whether good or bad. In His providential foreknowledge, He directs my steps.
What do you think? Did Paul understand and delight in the providential care of the One he met on the road to Damascus? Who else could use all these events to get Paul to Rome just as He promised in Acts 23:11? Who controls the winds and the sea? Why would I ever doubt or diminish such a God as this?