16 May: The Law of Probability
Today’s chapter shows an example of the many “coincidences” in this epic storyline that, put to the test, are likely to defy the Law of Probability…
READ RUTH 2 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
When our Michael passed away suddenly, unexpectedly and without a medical reason why, we encountered a series of “supernatural coincidences” in the days that followed. I wrote about these in my first book Breadcrumbs in the Storm. And so it isn’t at all surprising that four little words seem to leap from the page as I read today’s story. The phrase: “…it just so happened…”; “…she happened to come…”; or “…as it turned out…” [v3] almost shouldn’t even be printed into the Creator God’s storyline. While it’s true from our human perspective, it’s not at all accurate of our omniscient (all-knowing) Creator.
The list of so-called “coincidences” in today’s chapter seem to defy the Law of Probability. Naomi’s demise, and the timing of the gathered strength of both women, coincide so that they happen to come into Bethlehem at the perfect moment for finding work [a]; Ruth’s random choice of field [v3] that just so happened to be owned by their “kinsman-redeemer” [v20]; and the unmarried Boaz who, as it turns out, has a hidden “skeleton in the closet”: the only guy in the family whose mother (a former inn-keeper and possible ex-prostitute) was the foreigner Rahab from Jericho.[b] This made Boaz perhaps the only guy in the region who’d be predisposed to helping a foreign woman like Ruth. [v8-12]
After following the Creator God for four decades, I’ve come to understand that nothing’s coincidental. He doesn’t do random. He tends to defy the Law of Probability. Nothing passes by His notice. Everything has a meaning and everything we encounter is likely to be part of a complexly constructed tapestry that’ll soon be revealed – if only we trust in His decision-making process long enough to see its beauty unfold.
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Wanting to speak directly to the One in charge of the Script? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[c]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
I will give thanks to You, Lord, with all my heart! I’ll tell of all Your wonderful deeds. I’ll be glad and rejoice in You and I’ll sing the praises of Your name, O Most High. [Psalm 9:1-2]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Pray for God’s GRACE on Eritrea[d]
Your Country: Gospel Education Institutions
Yourself: Your Spiritual Growth
Your concerns for today
Ah, Sovereign Lord, You’ve made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for You. [Jeremiah 32:17]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
If I can get anything right today, Father, help me to love others as You’ve loved me. [John 15:12]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
You change times and seasons, Lord. You depose kings and raise up others. You give wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. You reveal deep and hidden things and You know what lies in darkness because light dwells with You. [Daniel 2:21-22]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[e] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: An Assured Future
Each one should use whatever gift you’ve been given to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace as it comes in its various forms. [1 Peter 4:10]
[a] Ruth 1:6&22
[b] Joshua c2 & 6:16-25 (See also Matthew 1:5)
[c] Matthew 6:5-15
[e] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31