“…and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech.” Ruth 2:3 (ESV)
This portion of verse 3, as we noticed last week, is one of those allusions to the providence of God in the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz, though God, Himself, is hardly mentioned in Ruth. And, again, this is the brilliance of Ruth: that while life on earth is in focus, in no way is it severed from a focus on God.
Ruth, though a Moabite, will not let us break the connection (1:16).
Naomi, though embittered by God, will not let us break the connection (1:20).
Boaz will not let us break the connection either (2:12).
Yet why is it so many Christians in this country do?
(sigh….and we have You Lord.)
Why is it God has to be imported into the affairs of our lives by books, and preachers, and seminars, and the like, as if our lives had some sort of being apart from the Pure Reality of God’s being and work, both presently and historically?
Why do we have to talk of making God relevant to our lives when the Lord Jesus says that our lives apart from him are considered irrelevant? (cf, Jn 15:5)
Read Joshua 22.
Breath in the refreshment of a people who could not separate earthly reality and Heavenly Sovereignty.
AHHHH! Disobedient, faithless body of Christ!!!
We, as Israel of old, have become a festering wound from head to toe, with no one to clean and press us with bandages! (Isa 1:6)
“And the Lord said:
‘Because these people draw near
with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
while their hearts are far from me…’ “
Isa 29:13 (ESV)
“And [Jesus] said to them,
‘Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,
“This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
in vain do they worship me…” ‘ “
Mk 7:6 (ESV
O Distant are you Lord from our hearts!
Praise You! O praise you distant God!
Impotent Master! Feeble God!
Your sovereignty has the power of a dead battery!
Your existence has the has the effect of a dead relative!
Your will is evil! Your jealousy is selfish! Your Christ is impotent!
O praise you distant One! O praise you distant one!
O God, be it your will, fill the churches of northern Illinois with those who know you,
BUT remain infantile murderers of you as we cut ourselves and others to pieces by our worship of W-2, sex, pride, hate, fear, surrealism, presumption, and excuses.
O distant One! Far are you! Far away from hearts who couldn’t sense love if drowned in it!
O distant One! Far are you! Far away from ears who hear only rules and restriction from your despotic mouth!
O distant One! Far are you! Far away from souls which curl their lips and retch at the fresh wind of your Spirit!
O God YES! Let us gather this week! Oh yes God! Let us arrive with all our crooked intentions!
Oh our cellulose encased hearts! Thick as concrete! Insoluble!
O distant God! Worship us! Give us what we want! We have sought you from afar. And having found you we ask only this:
Stay there! Stay there Obtrusive One! Stay there Tenacious One!
Stay there! Stay away ! Stay away and fill my perceived needs.
AHHHH! Yes Lord! Keep me intact! Profane yourself for my sake!
For Mother Earth speaks! Time is my god! Science my Sage! Thought my Wisdom!
You are as efficacious a dream…
A thought that whispers possiblity….
A phantasmagoria of hope…of practicality…of relevance….
Maintain Your promise to not be mocked. (Gal 6:6)
Not by me.
Not by your Bride.
By no one.
By Your Mercy and Covenant Love and Supreme Glory, give us a
of Your omnipresence.
My soul, as a reborn child, yearns for You.
In spite of me, spite me.
Spite me with You, Oh Blessed Destroyer, the last thing I could want on my own.
“Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to you abundnat mercy
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!”
Ps 51:1, 2.