Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
The pain of sorrow of the loss of a spouse is greater still with being in a foreign land. A land of not your own people. It is hard to grasp living in one place for a long time until you do it. The other day someone asked where I was from and I actually claimed the town I live in. Not realizing the inquiry was because the woman had a son my age and figured I went to school with him. I had to say no not from here originally. With that said one either takes roots up where they live or they eventually journey homeward to their family, who they know wonít starve them, but not necessarily care for them either. Naomi lost her husband how old were her sons scripture does not say when her husband died. Yet she tarried there through the marriage of her sons who would later die leaving her with two daughter in laws. Naomi had come to Moab because of famine in her own land and needing food and heard the blessing of bread was given to the Jewish people that lived there. Her and Her husband had gone in search of food and work. Not unusual, to leave a hometown for work and food in hopes of one day returning. Yet hometowns change just like people. It is never the same even if you get that time with family.
Anyway Naomi told her daughter in laws to return to their gods and people for she had nothing to offer them. That is where we pick up the story. A woman of sorrow and no means but two daughter in laws that loved her traveled to outside the country only to be told to go back. One would stay with Naomi the other would go home. One not of the faith of Naomi or willing to give up her gods of her people perhaps, realizing Naomi had nothing to offer returned to her people. Ruth on the other hand knew Naomi could give her not another husband, give her home, or even hope of a future, decided whatever Naomi had was better then what she had for she said your God will be my God and where you live will be my people, Had she seen the grief of Naomi over her two sons, one being her husband to know that Naomi needed her. Had she herself felt the pain of grief to the point she felt the need to move elsewhere. Had the shadow of pain of loss been so great that she knew the power of Naomi God to heal. Whatever the cause that motivated Ruth she would not leave the woman who had been her husbandís mother to the wolves or wilderness to Naomi homeland. Ruth traveled with Naomi.
Naomi gets to the place she was from and many remembered her but she spoke how she was cursed by God and had nothing to show for her life in Moab. Had she overlooked her precious daughter in law. Naomi in her grief and sorrow said call me Mara. Call me by a name that represents who I am right now, and not who I was for God had cursed her.
There are times in ones life it appears Godís hand is not upon you. I can tell you Naomi was not cursed because to read the rest of the story one know Ruth would find a husband that would care for both her and her mother in law. However Mara was grieving and in much sorrow and felt abandon by pain of what she could not change. Ruth not afraid to say I will go with you, and yet had to deal with the words of her mother in laws sorrow along with her own grief. Ruth was willing to serve Naomi God.
Ruth faith to go despite common sense of what her future might hold, never enter her mind, only the love of her mother law and her mother in laws God was on her heart. She was coping with knowledge of not being afraid to trust in a God she seen working in her mother in laws life. Mara feeling alone and abandon by perhaps even God, for she felt God had cursed her. Yet with Godís people there is always a measure of hope of a better tomorrow. Mara come home maybe with a small hope that her people there would remember and care for her and not cast her out.
Knowing how the story ends only helps one to realize when life got you down, do not fear, for God is with you. The journey you make with God is a life time. The journey is not always on the mountaintop but also in the valley. The valley will come to you sooner or later. Hopefully in the valley you have something to say God has not cursed me. Yet if you do not then you can rest knowing Godís provision is around the next bend.
How do I know God has never let me starve when I have trusted in Him. It does not mean I always like what I had, it means I did not go hungry for long. In the valley where through grief and sorrow, there is hope. Ruth seen no hope among her people that worshipped foreign gods. She chose her mother in laws life style. Naomi had produced and offspring not of her womb.
Dear Heavenly Father remind us even in hardship your love for us is great and your provision is there by your mighty hand. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
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Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Matthew 6:30-33 KJV
(30) Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
(31) Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
(32) (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
(33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.