CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FORUM Word for the Day "Thy Word is a
lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path". Psalm 119:105
Managing The Mess Ruth 1:15-22 Why do you call me Naomi,
since the Lord has testified against me, and the Almighty has
afflicted me?(Ruth 1:21)
When we meet Naomi in the Scriptures, her life is a
mess. She and her husband had gone to Moab searching for food during
a famine. While in that land, their two sons married Moabite women,
and life was good—until her husband and sons died and she was stuck,
widowed in a foreign land.
Though honest about her pain, Naomi obviously had a
sense of who was in control: “The Lord has testified against me, and
the Almighty has afflicted me” (Ruth 1:21).
The Hebrew word for “Almighty” (Shaddai)
indicates God’s sufficiency for any situation. The word “Lord” (Yahweh)
refers to His faithfulness as the loving covenant-keeping God. I love
how Naomi put these two names together. In the midst of her
complaint, she never lost sight of the fact that her God was a
capable and faithful God. And, sure enough, He proved His capability
to deliver her and His faithfulness to care for her to the very end.
If there seems to be no way out of your despair,
remember that Naomi’s God is your God as well. And He specializes in
managing our messes to good and glorious outcomes. Thankfully, He is
both capable and faithful. So,
when your life is a mess, remember who your God is!
PRAYER Dear Lord, help me to
trust in you to correct all the wrongs in my life.Amen.
FOR THE DAY Be still, my soul: thy
God doth undertake to guide the future as He has the past. Thy hope,
thy confidence let nothing shake; All now mysterious shall be bright
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