Naomi: The Loving Mother-in-Law Part 2

 

But she said to them, “Do not call me Naomi. Call me Mara, for the Almighty has made it very bitter for me.” (Ruth 1:20)

  1. Ruth 1: 20-21

Naomi had fallen into a deep depression and who could blame her, losing her husband and sons. She developed a negative view of God.

Question to Ponder:

  1. Do I surrender to my circumstances and wallow in despair or do I rise above the despair and continue my life?

Ruth had a prominent kinsman named Boaz of the clan of her husband Elimelech. (Ruth 2:1)

  1. Ruth 2: 1-22

Naomi makes a choice to rise above her personal despair and look to her daughter-in-law’s welfare. Her interest is not in securing her own happiness and thus getting in God’s way, but in ensuring Ruth will be able to make a life for her.

 

 

Question to Ponder:

  1. Does my own search for happiness get in the way of caring for others and get in God’s way.

 

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, help me to see beyond my mind freezing emotions, into the needs of others. Help me to move beyond my selfish needs to help those really in need. Let me be an example of you to the world. Amen.

All for the Glory of God,

Christina Weigand

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