When I read this passage of scripture, what struck me was that Naomi heard that the Lord had blessed his people. What is so striking about her hearing about the Lord’s blessings? Naomi was a descendant of Abraham; should she have heard about the Lord’s blessings or should she have been partaking in those same blessings? Why was she only hearing about the blessings and not experiencing them? The answer is simple really, she was living in Moab.
Moab here could represent disobedience. God had put his children in the Promised Land; at the first sign of trouble, Elimelech up and took his family to live amongst folks who made no secret of their hate for God and his children.
Was Elimelech better equipped to take care of his family than the one who had brought them through the desert to where they were?
Sometimes, we think we can do better than God himself; do a better job of looking after ourselves.
When God places us in a place, He expects us to remain there no matter what. He expects us to trust Him to see us through whatever. Once we leave where God placed us, we are taking a trip to Moab and living in disobedience.
Naomi’s blessings were probably waiting for her where she was supposed to have been. Many times we only hear of God’s blessings and fail to experience them because we are not where He put us. If we had stayed, we would have experienced.
The good thing is Naomi knew to find her way back. Sometimes we cannot help wandering into sin and disobedience, once we can trace our way back to the Father, we will be OK.