"Now it came about in the days when the judges governed, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn [to stay a short time] in the land of Moab with his wife and his two sons."
There are consequences to disobedience:
When believers leave the assembly of God's people, they intend only to be absent for a short time, a sojourn, but in the case of many like Elimelech, it is for the rest of their lives. Many leave for the sake of their children. Then they lose their children to God also. Elimelech's move outside of the place of God's promise cost him his own life and the lives of his two sons. His grandchildren would have been Moabites also had not the Lord in mercy intervened. Every outcome in Moab was death, separation and unions outside the will of God. The blessing for the Jew was in Israel, not in Moab. God had placed His own name in Israel and nowhere else. The blessing for the believers today is in the assembly.
If we are unfaithful God abides faithful. He cannot deny Himself:
Even in their disobedience, the very dim light of Elimelech's testimony was brighter than the darkness of Moab. God allowed their disobedience to be the occasion to extend mercy to a gentile woman. Like Sampson their carelessness was turned to the glory of God. But the story of Ruth is the story of the exception and not the rule. No one would should count on the mercy of God to redeem a life not lived for God.
If you have lost the sense of God's blessing, don't plan a vacation from God to recover what you have lost. Turn back to Bethlehem for bread. If God is going to give bread, it will be in the house of bread.
For me to live is Christ.