". . . the Lord who has not left you without a redeemer today, . . ." Ruth 4:14
God is in the chaos. On the surface it might not look like it, but He's there. The story of Ruth is filled with dramatic moments and surprising outcomes. The sweep of the story begins in the book of Judges, at a time filled with chaos and disruption, then ends in Ruth with the calm of Bethlehem. The arc of the whole story highlights Israel's trouble of being caught in a cycle of sin, to the birth of a Redeemer. Judges ends with the muted hope of a King; Ruth ends with King David.
We must step back from the story to see the bigger picture. There, at work in the chaos and the calm, is a God who never gives up on His people in spite of their sin. The truth that shines out of the dark, uncertain days of Ruth is there is a God who is more powerful than all our chaos. How reassuring it is to know our discord, disarray, and disorder can never derail God.
Chaos will never be more powerful than God. This truth is established at the very beginning of the pages of scripture. God created all you see and don't see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. And then – heaven and earth were finished down to the last detail.
God is the author of surprising outcomes. God is the only One who can pull clarity out of chaos, the only One who can give our messes meaning and fill our hard nights with hope. He alone brings beauty out of brokenness.
And the key to it all is a Redeemer born in Bethlehem. The Old Testament looks forward to His coming; the New Testament announces His arrival. There is a Redeemer, that's the message of Ruth. It's a truth to never be forgotten, especially when we find ourselves caught up in the chaos. We need never despair, there is a Redeemer born in Bethlehem.
Welcome God in to your chaos. Trust Him to bring order out of the clutter and the debris of defective decisions. Let Him be the Lord of surprising outcomes.