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RUTH 2:5-6 : Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, ”Whose young woman
is this?” So the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered and said, “It is the young Moabite
woman who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab.”
Nothing happens by chance. Take, for example, the blue whale. Longer than three dump trucks,
heavier than 110 Honda Civics and with a heart the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, this magnificent
creature requires four tons of krill a day (that’s three million calories) for its sustenance.
Even a baby blue whale can put away 100 gallons of milk every 24 hours. When a blue whale
surfaces, it takes in the largest breath of air of any living thing on the planet. Its spray shoots higher
into the air than the height of a telephone pole. How did such a creature come into existence? Not by
chance, you can be sure, but by a sovereign Creator’s plan.
Neither did Boaz by chance come to his fields just in time to meet Ruth. He certainly didn’t come with
any intentions of finding a wife, but that was God’s plan. Ruth, too, was simply doing what she
needed to do for survival.
In fact, until she spoke with Naomi, she wasn’t even aware of Boaz’s relationship with the family she
had married into (2:19-20). But in God’s plans nothing happens by chance.
Sometimes our circumstances seem to come about by chance. We think, If I had made this decision
instead of that decision, my life would be different. Or, if I’d been here instead of there, this wouldn’t
have happened.
While we cannot use this as an excuse for making poor decisions, we can have the confidence that
nothing happens by chance. Take care of your responsibilities in a way that honors God, and He will
work out His plan through you. If you are struggling with the “what ifs” of life, put them aside. Be
assured that God is working out His plan for you, and it won’t be by chance.

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