Study Material: Ruth 1:3-5
3 And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.
4 And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.
5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.
We are introduced to Naomi in the book of Ruth as a woman whose husband died (v3). She would later lose her 2 sons as well (v5). Her sons had married Orpah and Ruth (v4), and now they were all she had. Naomi’s name means pleasant. And I would like to believe that she was a pleasant mother-in-law because if she were not, the daughters-in-law would have fled from her as soon as their husbands died. But they continued taking care of her. She released them to go on with their lives, but Ruth stayed with her to take care of her.
God has made us a promise that is available to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. He said that when thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee (Is 43:2). This is a literal promise but also a figurative one as well. Literally, when Moses led the children of Israel by way of the Red Sea, God did not allow it to overflow them. He parted the Red Sea for them to pass on dry land (Ex 14:21). Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego literally passed through fire and did not get burned (Dan 3:27). Figuratively speaking, many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all (Ps 34:19).
Naomi was greatly afflicted, but the Lord delivered her and comforted her with her daughter-in-law Ruth who refused to leave her (Ru 1:16). On your pathway to your destiny, you will encounter challenges, trials and temptations, but God will deliver you out of them all. He will never leave your nor forsake you. That is why David could say, when my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up (Ps 27:10). Even when people disappoint and hurt you, or try to bring you down, the Lord will lift you up. He will send your Ruth.
Take Home Lesson: God did not say that He would be with you only some of the time. He will be with you always until the end. He will raise helpers for you.
Homework: Thank God for being a faithful and loving God who keeps His promises.