Saturday, May 20, 2006

Need a word of encouragement?

The women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a close relative.” —Ruth 4:14

A wise person once told me, “Never be quick to judge whether something is a blessing or a curse.” The story of Naomi reminds me of this.

The name Naomi means “my delight.” But when bad things happened to her, Naomi wanted to change her name to match her circumstances. After her husband and sons died, Naomi concluded, “The hand of the Lord has gone out against me!” (Ruth 1:13). When people greeted her, she said, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me” (v.20).

Rather than judge her circumstances in light of her identity as a follower of the one true God who had proclaimed unfailing love for His people, Naomi did what most of us tend to do: She judged God in light of her circumstances. And she judged wrongly. The hand of the Lord had not gone out against her. In fact, Naomi had a God-given treasure she had not yet discovered. Although Naomi lost her husband and two sons, she was given something totally unexpected—a devoted daughter-in-law and a grandchild who would be in the lineage of the Messiah.

As Naomi’s life shows us, sometimes the worst thing that happens to us can open the door for the best that God has to give us. —Julie Ackerman Link

Loving Father, help me not to judge Your love for me
on the basis of whether today brings good news
or bad. Help me remember that You desire to use
my circumstances to make me more like Jesus. Amen.

God’s purpose for today’s events may not be seen till tomorrow.

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I just had a desire to encourage all who may be dealing with something that seems insurmountable; it seem as though your world is caving in. Per our heavenly Father, what you see doesn’t mean its over! If all you have left is God, then you have everything you need to move forward. God has already said that we have won; all we need to do is live life as if we’re winners. Stop what you’re doing! It’s time to make a change, get up and press your way, don’t settle for less than what is due you. Our Father owns everything, but in order to get your portion, you must be fully committed to Him. I bid God’s greatest blessings upon all who will read this blog, but most of all, the ones who will live out what is written here. We are not perfect, just blessed. God’s speed!

CJ

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2 Comments:

At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,Thanks for the "Need A Word of Encouragement" Now the part where you said Naomi means "my delight" "But when bad things happened to her she wanted to chang her name to match her circumstance.Sometimes the worst things that happens to us can open the door for the best that God has to give us. Our Father owns everything and I know that I will have to be fully committed to the Lord. I know I am not perfect, but I know I am BLESSED!!! THANKS for the words of encouragement."PSALM 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

 
At 2:35 AM, Blogger cejr said...

You're so very welcome! You seem to have a lot of wisdom, and I thank God that you graced my page. Be blessed!

CJ

 

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