The couple thought that the reason God brought them to the land of Bethlehem, where God had promised them wealth and peace, a land that is ordained by God for His people[Genesis 12v1-5]. When things started going wrong [famine in Bethlehem], Elimelech chose to move away from Behtlehem, where God has place him and his family to Maob. He decided to organise his life in a way that is different to where God lead him. If God is known for not making up His mind, Elimelech might have been alright, But even God respects His own word is over His name,
...Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name"
It happened [Ruth1v3-5] that Elimelech and his two sons did not get a chance to go back to where God placed them originally but Naomi did. We need to seek God to place us back to where we belong, to bring us back from things that have taken us away from God, and causing us to miss what matters most. God seeks to redeem all men to Himself...
Naomi and Elimelech could have chosen to seek God instead of going to the land of Moab, where God had previously asked the children of Isreal to never associate with. God knew that associating with the Moabite will cause the children of isreal to leave God, who is their first love.
Revelation 2v1-5: deserting God's placing over my life is a way of deserting God, even if we do all other things. God's positioning, and will over our lives mutst stand; this is where God will be with us and He will stay true to His word.
The Parable of the Hidden Treasure44 “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man happens to find a treasure hidden in a field. He covers it up again, and is so happy that he goes and sells everything he has, and then goes back and buys that field.
The Parable of the Pearl45 “Also, the Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man is looking for fine pearls, 46 and when he finds one that is unusually fine, he goes and sells everything he has, and buys that pearl.