Narrative follows a set structure. “A setting in history, which gives rise to a specific situation, in which a problem or crisis arises, leading to a turning point in the drama, which then brings it to a resolution.”
God’s quiet sovereignty is a key theme throughout Ruth that we want to keep in the back of our minds.
God in His quiet sovereignty is taking care of Naomi and Ruth. The book of Ruth is really an incredible love story but not in the way that you think. It is not primarily a love story between Ruth and Boaz or Ruth’s incredible love for her mother-in-law Naomi. No, above all this is a love story between God and His people. His sovereign love is quietly and in very ordinary ways providing for Ruth and Naomi.
In Ruth 3 we see three plans that work toward one goal which is all a part of God’s quiet sovereignty.
Resolution to the tension that was introduced in chapter 3 of Ruth finally comes. But even so we need to see two more obstacles that must be overcome.
Wisdom is a perfection of God. Biblical wisdom, what we find in wisdom literature, is the skill we need to live life as a covenant child of God. Knowledge is not divorced from it, but it is not simply knowledge, there is more to it. I had a professor who defined wisdom as the application of knowledge to life. Wisdom then requires action.