Ruth 1:20-21I find it interesting when times or things get tough we want to blame it on anything or anyone around us. This very human characteristic serves the purpose of trying to make sense of the situation by transferring the issue to another person or thing. Naomi was so very human. As she tried to sort out her grief she placed the blame on God by pointing her finger and saying ‘He did it’. The NIV in verse 21b says this very thing…‘He afflicted me and He brought misfortune on me’. Then she does the very thing she needs to do. She goes to the comfort of home.
Going home is used many times in God’s Word. The Israelites wondered in the desert for years before returning to the home God had given them…the release of the Hebrew exiles from Babylon to return home…the prodigal…the hope of heaven…Any time a traumatic event happens to us we go through several stages. Numbness, grief or sadness, blaming, sanctuary, and rebuilding. In my recent time of healing, as Ray recovered from a Traumatic Brain Injury, and I tried to make sense of it, returning home each night to known comfort was necessary. As we continue through the rebuilding we continue returning to home as our sanctuary. Just like Naomi I returned home, whether it was my physical abode or those comforting arms of God, over and over again. Above all I have learned, once again, to “Be still and know God”. He alone has comforted, guided, provided, and healed. He is my Jehovah Jirah, my Provider.
Jehovah Jirah, you have given me so much, you are there when I need anything. All praise, honor, and glory is Your due. You have created this beautiful summer morning just for me. I can only say thank You! What a Mighty God we serve.
Hi again Marie, Thank you for appreciating my correction some would rather you say nothing. I’m dyslectic and can’t spell and I sometimes write back to front, like you might say the cat sat on the mat, I say the mat the cat sat on, both saying the same thing but yours flows better, sometimes what I write is even harder to understand so I check a lot, I use to think others were getting it wrong 😆 I am indeed a cracked vessel but thankfully God is the Super Glue.
Christian Love Anne.
Anne, never hesitate to correct my posts or comment when you think differently. When a truth is a truth one must be open to it. I am a flawed Christian woman so desiring to become more like my Jesus. From what I can tell you are one awesome lady. Keep on writing and sharing the word. Much love to you. Marie
Sorry Marie it was Naomi not Ruth that the Scripture you shared was refering to and she was indeed suffering grief and we often say things we don’t mean and we see this also with Job although rebuking his wife for her foolish words we remember both had lost their Children and all they owned and Job was also suffering physically but he still was loyal to God in his own understanding but was right in that we should still continue to Trust God regardless of what hapens to us which is what you also said, we don’t blame Him for our suffering and hardship.
Lamentations 3: 33 For He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.
Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
We remember that the Old Testerment Saints did not have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that came after Petecost but He was working in their lives as the Scriptures confirm, they didn’t know God as we we know Him 1Corinthians 2:9-16 except for David who was a man of God’s own heart which meant He knew God’s heart focs but of course he still had the flesh nature.
Christian Love from both of us – Anne.
Oh, my, I should have proof-read that more closely. I actually do know the story well but was thinking of the Book and not the character… I do appreciate your willingness to correct the issue. As you can see I have changed it in the script. Much love to you also, in His Precious Name. Marie