The book of Ruth is one of the greatest little stories ever written. Its four chapters contain a tale of faithfulness, innocence, loyalty, duty and love, yet it is set in dark times. The concluding verse of the book of Judges, which comes immediately before Ruth in the Bible, tells us that, “In those days Israel had no King; everyone did as he saw fit.” One commentator says, “The book of Judges teems with violent invasions, apostate religion, unchecked lawlessness, and tribal civil war.”
It is against this backdrop of strife and chaos that the story of Ruth unfolds. Ordinary people facing the everyday events of life; marriage, moving home, bereavement, family relationships… In all of this we are reminded that no matter how dark or dramatic the events of life appear to be, God still has His people and is still working out His purposes. This is so important for us to remember on Norfolk Island in 2016. If you have ever wondered if God really knows where you are at the moment, or whether He could possibly be interested in you, we hope you will find this series an encouragement as we look for God together in the everyday ordinariness of our lives.