Last week we began our series on the book of Ruth.
A brief recap. Elimelech and Naomi left Judah to go to Moab because of a famine. Even though they were somewhat good Jews, they left where God told them to stay and went to where God basically said, don’t go.
We have to be careful about making snap decisions based on current circumstances. The world will offer you a quick remedy, but a long term hardship.
So they go down and eventually their sons marry Moabite women, but soon after, the sons and dad die. It never tells us how or why. We may never know on this side why bad things happen.
But as Romans 8:28 says, God turns even the worst case scenarios around for our good. This hardship causes Naomi and her 2 daughters in law to go back to Bethlehem.
They heard that God was blessing that area. They were not in a position to receive God’s blessings.
It’s not necessarily a location that God blesses, but a condition of our heart. Are we living a life that is bless-able? Not perfect or sin free, but your heart’s desire to please God.
Naomi tries to talk her 2 daughters in law to stay in Moab. Orpah stays and Ruth signs on for the trip.
That sounds like a simple act, but what did it take for her to make that statement and more so, believe that God would be her God?
Remember God forbad the Moabites from ever being a part of Israel?
She did what we have to do every day. She trusted in God’s grace and mercy.
The law excludes us from God’s blessings.