At the onset of the story of Ruth, we learn something very important about God’s heart toward us. God’s blessings and willingness to provide for us don’t depend on any circumstances around us. God is, and always will be, our Provider (Genesis 22:14). Not understanding this produces fear, and fear often times can produce flight. In other words, someone full of fear can end up running out of the very place God ordained for them to be in, because they doubt God will provide for them there.
We see this take place in the life of Naomi and her husband Elimelech, who decided to flee their hometown of Bethlehem (which literally means, “house of bread”) and go into Moab during a famine. Fear that God would not provide for them because of a famine caused them to flee the “house of “bread” and go reside in Moab (a nation previously cursed by God because of the incestuous way it began). Fear isn’t rational. It caused them to leave the place called “house of bread” and take refuge in the nation that was cursed. Fear should never lead us. God promised that in His unfailing love, He will lead the people He has redeemed, and in His strength He will guide them to His holy dwelling (Exodus 15:13). Further, Jesus is our Good Shepherd, and He leads us beside the quiet waters and we shall not lack (Psalm 23:2). Notice that when the Lord leads us, we shall not lack. Now, when Naomi and her family allowed fear to lead them, they didn’t lack bread in Moab, but they lacked each other, as death overtook them one by one. When God blesses you, He doesn’t have to take away some blessings, in order to add more blessings to you. God is a God of multiplication, not subtraction! And if the Lord has removed something from your life, He has done it in order to give you much more! This is because our God is a giver. And this truth about God is so much so that Jesus restores that which He did not take away (Psalm 69:4).
Now, someone may be thinking this doesn’t apply to them because they are not in a land that is experiencing a famine in regards to bread (i.e., food). But there may be other areas of your life where a famine seems to have hit. For example, someone may be experiencing a famine in the area of marriage. The love, intimacy, romance, and communication may seem to be in a serious state of famine, but if God is in that marriage, don’t flee. Instead, believe that God will provide for you right where you are, and He will turn that famine into a feast! God is well known for blessing His people during famine. For example, God blessed Isaac right in the middle of the famine. God actually commanded that Isaac not run, but stay put because God was going to be with him and bless him right where he was. Isaac obeyed God and stayed in the land, and the Bible says that he “sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous” (Genesis 26:12-13). This is our God, people…and He is not a respecter of persons. What He did for His other children, He is willing and able to do for you!
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