We’ve reached the end of chapter 1 in Ruth.
There are three situations in the chapter that we al face as human beings: aloneness, hopelessness in suffering and the plight of old age (Younger, 429).
Naomi is left alone in Moab. There seems little source of hope, economically or spiritually. She is growing old.
This pandemic has made us all face the challenges of being human.
But there is another factor in Ruth 1. – the sovereignty and providence of God. Naomi is not alone, she is not hopeless and her old age is not a source of negativity. She is able, as a person of faith, to see the Lord’s hand in the good and in the bad, on the mountaintops and in the valleys.
Noami is able to say with Job, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” (Job 1:21)
This is one of the hardest things to grow into as Christians. Jesus Christ, faced all this and more for us, and through him, we live trusting that, “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)
Not in some things. But in all things.