In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.
Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband. - Ruth 1:1-5
When I focus on the disappointments in my own life I can get so down. I even wonder if you love me when I think of what you have let happen to me. Naomi must have felt so confused and disappointed with life as she lost her husband and both of her sons. Some days she must have wondered what her reason to live was. But she lived for you, even when she endured huge losses under your oversight. Your plans for our lives are far, far, past our understanding. You were bringing a world a Savior through Naomi even by weaving tragedy into her life. She saw and understood later. I know I will see and understand later too. Give me the supernatural faith to trust you even when I do not see or understand now. Help me to put off knowing and understanding since all wisdom belongs to you. I will rest secure in forgiveness even though my world crashes around me.
Pastor Don Patterson
Even huge losses are a good thing in the hand of a loving God.