From Bitterness to Blessing
Scripture text :“Don’t call me Naomi, she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty.” Ruth 1 :20
There was famine in Bethlehem and Naomi’s family went to live in the land of Moab for a while.
During their stay in Moab, Naomi’s husband Elimelech dies and both of their sons die. Before her sons died they both married Moabite women. Suddenly Naomi is left with no husband, no boys, and two Moabite daughter in laws.
Being a widow back in those days was dangerous. The unsafe and uncertainty in life lead Naomi towards bitterness. Naomi’s name means “pleasant.” Unexpectedly the life of Naomi was no longer pleasant.
Naomi comes back to Bethlehem and her daughter in law Ruth accompanies her and the whole town was excited about their arrival.
When the local women exclaimed, Can this be Naomi?
She said “Don’t call me Naomi, Call me Mara for the Almighty has made me very bitter.V20
Later in the story we read Naomi’s daughter-in-law is chosen by Naomi’s kinsmen redeemer Boaz to be His bride. Ruth gives birth to Obed and Obed was the grandfather of King David.
Now God renewed and sustained the life of Naomi and once again her life was blessed and everything became pleasant and joyful.
Hannah prayed to God in bitterness of soul. Her rival Peninnah made Hannah’s life bitter. She mocked at the barren Hannah. God answered her bitter plea and blessed her with Samuel.
Job was embittered by his afflictions. Job 27 :2
God certainly turned their bitterness into a blessing in due time.
Sometimes life changes in an instant. Everyone will experience bitter experiences at some point in their lives.
- Never grumble
- Fix your eyes on Jesus your Redeemer
He will change your bitterness into blessing. He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us.
God has a perfect plan and time for you. Take heart ! God has not forgotten you.
There is always, always hope in Jesus!
God Bless You!