Who is in control?
wife was helping at a youth club this week, and when the kids were asked what was the best and worst thing about 2020 one of them said that the best thing was that this year was making history and he was part of it!
That wasn’t an understatement. The forest fires in Australia in January, Brexit, and the severe flooding in this country seem decades ago. Since then the world has been turned upside down by the Corona
virus pandemic. Worldwide over 1,250,000 lives have been lost to the virus, with many more seriously affected. People have lost jobs; education has been seriously affected, sport continues with no spectators, and churches have been closed for many months.
No area of life has continued unchanged. Who would’ve thought that we would see students in Manchester tearing down fencing that had been erected around their accommodation without them being informed, and a woman arrested for taking her elderly mother
out of a care home?
On top of all that we have seen a very divisive presidential election in the USA, which has followed international riots after the killing of George
Floyd in May. The statue of Edward Colston in Bristol was the first of many to fall, and Bristol’s Colston Hall has been renamed the Bristol Beacon
With such a year
we could be forgiven for asking is anyone really in control? Is there a God and does he really care?
The Bible’s answer is an emphatic yes! In the book of Ruth
in the Bible the widowed eponymous character leaves her homeland and joins her mother in law, Naomi, who is also widowed, to return to the land of Israel. They have no money, no hope and no future. All Ruth can do is go to the fields to gather the leftover
grain after the harvesters have finished.
But God is in control, he knows what he is doing and his plan is slowly unfolding even though Ruth does not know it. It so happens
that the field owner, Boaz, is a relative of Naomi. This is not a coincidence; this is God’s plan taking shape. As the story progresses Ruth eventually marries Boaz and all her worries of being a penniless widow in a foreign land have evaporated. She
is loved and provided for, and part of a family once again. But the story continues; Ruth and Boaz have a son, Obed and he becomes the grandfather, of David, the greatest king Israel ever had. And generations later, from that same family line, comes
Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world.
So, when things seem out of control, and when it seems that God is distant, remember the story of Ruth. Remember that God really
does care, and remember that he really does know what he is doing, and may be not this year, and may be not next year, but one day we will understand why everything was the way it was, and in that we can have full confidence.