For anyone who has ever experienced the loss of a loved one or felt alone in a foreign land. If you think God has forgotten you and you are empty inside:
Ruth is one of my favorite books in the Bible. It is short and sweet and when I start reading it, I can’t put it down. Naomi is a widow in a foreign land and then her two son’s die too. It just can’t get any worse than that!
She decides to return home. Naomi feels empty inside and calls herself Mara for she is very bitter. Still, her daughter-in-law Ruth joins her with this passionate statement;
Ruth 1:16 “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”
Ruth goes out and works. She basically does slave labor to supply food for her and Naomi. The owner of the field is Boaz and he takes notice of Ruth.
Ruth 2:11 “I have been told about all you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband — how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.?
Long story short. Boaz and Ruth get married and have a son named Obed. He is the great grandfather of King David. He is also in the lineage of my Lord and Savior.
I do not always understand why people go through such horrible experiences. It isn’t always because they have done something wrong. Personally, I have experienced some of my greatest pain when I am enjoying God’s presence in my life. I also know that God hasn’t deserted me. I cling to God’s promise that he will never leave me or desert me.