By Kenny Tibbetts
“So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came to Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them. And the women said, “Is this Naomi?” She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went away full, and the LORD has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the LORD has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?” So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabite her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem sat the beginning of barley harvest.” Ruth 1:19-22
- How does it change your understanding to know that Naomi means “pleasantness” and Mara means “bitter?”
- In the story of Ruth, verse 22, Naomi and Ruth arrived in exactly the right place at exactly the right time. Can you think of a time when you felt forgotten by God only to find out that you were exactly where He wanted you?
- Try to imagine what it must have been like for Naomi to return to town and hear the women gossiping about her. Have you ever tried to pretend like everything was fine in front of others? Why do you think we do that?
Take some time this week to read through the whole story of Ruth and Naomi. Pay special attention to Naomi and how God changed her perspective.
Thank God that He never forgets about us. Thank God that He has given us so many accounts of His Faithfulness in His word. If you are feeling forgotten by God, ask Him for faith in the waiting. If you know someone who is struggling, ask God to show them His faithfulness in a fresh way this week.
Bible Reading Plan - Day 21