“Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband.” Ruth 1:5
We know how this story ends, but Naomi, caught in the middle of these tragic circumstances, had no idea why God had dealt so harshly with her, or what possible good could come as a result.
How often do we face the same thing in this life. While it is true that God knows our days from the beginning to the end of our lives, we have no such knowledge. Often we find ourselves caught in the middle of tragic circumstances. How are we to view these sad occurrences in our lives, and how are we to perceive a God who seems to have forsaken us?
It is at times such as these that we begin to understand the nature of true faith. That is where our true hope lies. Though tragedy may strike, we have the confidence that our God never leaves or forsakes us. As we walk, even through the valley of the shadow of death, His faithful arms shelter and guide us.
It seemed to Naomi that she had reached the end of her day, with no family to even carry on her husband’s name. Yet, we know, not only would God give her descendants, but One of those descendants would be the Messiah – the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself.
What an amazing God we serve. Even in the saddest of days, we, as believers, walk by faith and not by sight. We know that our God will sustain us to the end of our days on earth, and grant to us eternal life in heaven with Him.
May you be encouraged to faithfully love and serve this God, even in the darkest of days!