“Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife” ~ Matthew 1:5-6
Last night, my Bible group finished our study of Ruth. For obvious reasons, Ruth is my new favorite Biblical role model. The woman was an incredible pillar of strength in all she faced, but even I have to believe there were moments when she looked at God and said, “Really?” as her journey took her to places she could have never imagined.
But through it all, Ruth remained steadfast and faithful to God, trusting to follow Him in situations I would balk at. Her devotion to God, who was not the god of her people, allowed God to use her in such a way that she is named in the genealogy of the line of David – and of Christ Himself.
To me, that is absolutely amazing. I’m sure Ruth was thankful that God provided her a husband and a son after the devastating loss that she and Naomi experienced. What I am more sure of is that Ruth could never have imagined that she would be the great-grandmother of the future king of Israel, or that her descendant would be the prophesied King of Kings.
Ruth did everything she could to remain loyal to God, and how He richly rewarded her for it!
Yet Ruth probably had no idea during her time on earth that this was how God planned to use her. She didn’t have, as we do, the entire picture, from start to finish. All she had was her snapshot of life – her redeemer husband Boaz and her son, Obed. While chasing Obed around as a toddler, Ruth didn’t have the reassurance that someday his grandson would be the chosen leader of God’s elect. She didn’t know that her efforts to be a godly parent held awe-inspiring dividends not too far down the road. All she could see was what God had put in front of her.
To me, it is like building a cathedral.
Cathedrals, during the Middle Ages, took at least one man’s lifetime to build, sometimes more. Which means the original builder, the one who laid the cornerstone and groundwork, never got to see the breathtaking final picture. But all these people labored, laying stone after stone, year after year, believing that someday someone would complete the work they had started.
God will complete the work that He has begun in your life. You may not see the final outcome during your time on earth, as Ruth did not, but few of us ever do. While you live each day, you must trust that God will finish the work. And He will! It will be more incredible than you could ever imagine, and more beautiful that we could ever hope for. The best part is, God will use you right where you are to achieve what He intends. What may feel like small stones of faith to you today, God could be using to build soaring spires of glory to Him tomorrow.