The book of Ruth begins with a placeholder ”the time of Judges”. The book of Judges is a book of desperation, of people scorning God and suffering the consequences of turning away. The history of that time period is one of disobedience and darkness for Israel.
Enter the book of Ruth. It is a small book, containing only four chapters, telling the story of a young woman who wasn’t even an Israelite. But these four chapters weave a story of redemption and hope during a rough and exhausting season for the nation of Israel.
The entire book gives a clear and steadfast message: even in the worst situations, God is still at work in our lives. In the times that He seems absent, in the times that it seems He does not care, there is a thread of constant love and patience weaving through.
This is shown in Boaz. Boaz himself is considered a Christlike character. He is a kinsman redeemer for Ruth and Naomi, meaning that his duty is to provide for the family when the men die. His duty is to ensure the future of the family. Just as Christ redeems and restores our eternal future.
This is shown in the ending genealogy. Through Ruth and Boaz, David comes. Through Ruth and Boaz, Jesus comes. While the nation was fighting against God, God was still working on His perfect plan to bring His people back to Him.
In the world we live in, it is sometimes hard to see the big picture. It is hard, in the midst of chaos and trials, to understand the purpose of what we’re going through. The story of Ruth reminds us that even if we cannot see, God has not forgotten us and He is still at work in our lives.