“3 Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. 4 They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, 5 both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.”
We think what we’re going through is bad. As this section ends, things couldn’t be worse for Naomi. Husband and son have died. She is now a widow – and in a foreign land. This is a double whammy against her.
Faced with declining years, no one to care for her and without status in a land and culture not her own, things look grim. No light at the end of the tunnel.
And that is how the Book of Ruth opens. Naomi in the darkest valley (Psalm 23:4).
We can find ourselves there too. Like the rug is pulled out from under us and life is turned upside down.
Take heart if that’s you. Take heart. Jesus, having been there too (Matthew 27:46), is more than able to help.
Its a measure of his incredible faithfulness that we’ll see in the rest of this story!
Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)