Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. (Rth 1:1 KJV)
It came to pass . . . It happened . . . It came about . . . There was a time . . .
Tough times happen. They just do. Sometimes because we messed up. Sometimes because someone else messed up. Sometimes because mankind is messed up Sometimes because . . . well, because tough times happen.
It doesn’t mean that God isn’t at work. We may never come to understand why it happened. Those things God is working out for good – it may not be what we would consider good. Or, maybe we won’t get to see the “good” in our lifetime.
Will we trust Him any way?
Sometimes there is famine. Sometimes a spouse dies. Sometimes a child dies. Sometimes there is a long journey back home. Sometimes there is a hard life just to survive. Does this mean that He doesn’t love us?
No. I am convinced that none of these can separate us from His love (Rom 8:35-39).