You may ask, Why are all these things happening to me? Life has its ups and downs. However there are times in our lives that everything seems to turn upside down. Imagine a family in an economic struggle. They are forced to relocate and in their pursuit face one devastating trial after another. In the end, sickness and death take their toll. Why? Where was God? I guess if you want to know, you will need to ask Ruth.
Controversial as it may seem, Elimelech and his family moved to Moab. I don’t believe that any of the family members knew exactly what was happening. Even Naomi when she later returned to Bethlehem didn’t quite understand. However if you spoke with Ruth, you would hear the story of how God used terrible circumstances for a family to rescue her from idolatry and bring her into a relationship with the one and true God. This family experienced many trials and for many years and maybe because it took that long to turn Ruth’s heart.
And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: (Ruth 1:16)
There are times when people come to Christ after hearing the gospel only a few times, but there are others, who are steeped in false religion, who will need a demonstration of the gospel’s power before coming to Christ. So as you experience trials in your life and you have ruled out the chances of sinful consequence or chastisement, your life and its trials may just be a light in a very dark place. Accept where you are, look for God’s grace, and declare to others what he is doing in your life. You may never find out what God is actually doing or you may discover a Ruth in your midst.