When Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them, she and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home from there. With her two daughters-in-law she left the place where she had been living and set out on the road that would take them back to the land of Judah. Ruth 1, verses 6 and 7.
Usually, it takes awhile to move. If you remember the beginning of the story, Naomi and Elimelek just moved. I assume it took a little while to prepare, but in truth we don’t know that. The story says they simply left. Not so now. Now that she is a widow with widowed daughters-in-law, she prepared to return home, to Bethlehem, from Moab. That takes time. For most people, it takes weeks, maybe even longer, to pack up and get ready to go.
Do you think it was bittersweet? It must have been. Her husband and sons were buried in Moab; it must have been difficult to leave their graves, knowing they would likely never rest together there for eternity. And it was hard work for single women to do anything back in those days; hey, it isn’t easy today. Think, then, of a Bronze Age world in which women had no status or power. Then consider them taking a journey, on foot, of a hundred miles or more without protection or escort. It took planning, preparation, and prayer because they knew they would be making the journey all by themselves.
That is, until you consider that they had all the protection and escort they needed in the Lord. The specific reason Naomi had for moving was that she heard how God had provided for his people by sending food.
We are in the same situation.
You mean God will send us food? Perhaps; it’s up to Him, not me. You mean God will protect us in times of need? Absolutely. In spirit and in physicality, God will do whatever He deems necessary to protect us where it matters most. Whether we’re frozen cold in the latest winter storm or deep in trouble in which we’ve left no path for exit, God will always protect us and provide for us. True, it may not be what we think it will be, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t for the best because God’s provision, in whatever the form, is always for the best. All of it starts with trusting Him, believing Him, putting faith in Him. Naomi did, and what came next were words worth living for.
Lord, protect and provide for me even in ways I don’t always understand.
Read Ruth 1, verses 1-10. This is the whole story of Naomi moving to a strange place, then deciding to move back home.
Who depends on you for their provision?
Have you ever made a move of faith, ‘a leap of faith?’
How has God provided for you already today?