“In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the country of Moab, he and his wife and two sons. 2 The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion; they were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there.”
The story of Ruth is set in a time of natural disaster. There is a famine in Israel so bad, households take drastic measures to survive.
The setting of Ruth reminds us that God is not absent in suffering. God does not run from it. In fact, the whole story of Ruth will show us God’s providence and faithfulness in a time of calamity.
In Jesus Christ, God enters your hard times and our difficulties. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.” Isaiah 43:2