Happy Endings

Text: Ruth 4:13-22
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: October 27, 2013

My wife likes happy endings.  Because of this we have watched a lot of old movies and she has a lifetime subscription to “The Reader’s Digest” (those of you who are younger can google it to get the idea).  Many recent books and movies have tragic or meaningless conclusions which reflect the post-Christian worldview that life is a matter of chance and that we are on our own.  Christians stand out as people who believe in happy endings.  God is working in the events of our life for our good and for His glory (Romans 8:28).  Even when life is hard we look forward to the ultimate happy ending when Christ shall return (Romans 8:18 Philippians 3:20-21  1 John 3:1-3).

The book of Ruth ends with multiple happy endings.  Boaz has a godly wife, fit for a king.  Ruth the Moabites is an admired matriarch in Israel.  Naomi holds the baby who brings redemption to her and her family.  The author then concludes by showing that the blessing of God through this seemingly ordinary family extends to His purpose to, through their descendant David, redeem Israel from the terrible plight she experienced in the days of the Judges (which resembles the sad situation of Naomi in the first chapter).  This then moves to the final conclusion as we look ahead to the Son of David Who would come to redeem the world.

The book of Ruth is a great story of God’s extraordinary providence in the lives of ordinary people.  When we are tempted to wonder whether God cares (“Where is my happy ending?”), we should remember His past faithfulness to His people and His faithfulness to us in Christ.

Posted on October 27th, 2013 | Permalink