‘In the days when the judges governed [Israel], there was a famine in the land [of Canaan]. And a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live temporarily in the country of Moab with his wife and his two sons. ‘
Ruth 1:1 (AMP)
The beginning of the book of Ruth not only gives us a time frame for the story but it also gives us a spiritual pulse of Israel. Especially when we read the previous verse from Judges 21:25 (AMP) ‘In those days [when the judges governed] there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.’ This may arguably be one of the darkest times in the history of the people of Israel. They were in the Promise Land but due to their sin were not able to enjoy the promise.
Reading these two verses may seem discouraging and even torturous to you. I want you to take a minute and examine how much those two verses describe our day and age. Doesn’t it feel like we are living in a time when everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes? There seems to be no king and we hear everywhere that we are the kings and queens of our own world filled with our own truth.
But it is in this dark, empty, and famished time that the Lord comes down to meet his people. He sees his children sojourning away from his promise to be their bread and king. He doesn’t renounce His love for them, instead he providentially guides them back to his heart because of his faithfulness and loving kindness. Come with me and sojourn alongside Naomi and Ruth as they discover that their emptiness is made full through the Love of God.