Our Unchanging God
"And the woman was left with her two daughters in law." Ruth 1:5-6
We find in these verses that Naomi's husband Elimelech and their two sons Chilion and Mahlon have died. Chilion's name in Hebrew meant puny and pining. Mahlon's name meant sickly. Prior to her son's deaths, they both married Moabite women. Now this would be so displeasing back home in Bethlehem Judah, these two Jewish boys marrying Gentile girls. Naomi finds herself a widow and childless. She is left with her two daughters-in-law in the pagan land of Moab.
There is a clear warning in these verses. Naomi's experience exemplifies what can happen when we leave the "House of Bread and the Place of Praise". They no longer experienced the joy of living in Bethlehem-Judah. Everything went wrong. It was a desperate move. However, Naomi will see God's grace at work and His purpose in all of this. Naomi will move ahead.
Be encouraged. When it feels like all hell has broken through in your life remember God is still God. "Greater is He who is in me that he who is in the world." 1 John 4:4. He is unchanging. He will bring you through when you call upon His Holy Name.