I haven’t really settled into the story of Naomi in a really long while but only last week i had a friend and sister help me create bible study lessons on women in scripture and then she sent me Naomi’s name i tied to think of what lessons there was to learn from Naomi but i couldn’t really think of any, i mean she was Ruth’s mother in-law what else? But then i went to read through and then believe me i could see a zillion Naomi’s around (including me). Come with me as i take you through:
Ruth 1: 20-21 (MSG)
“But she said, “Don’t call me Naomi; call me Bitter. The Strong One has dealt me a bitter blow. I left here full of life, and God has brought me back with nothing but the clothes on my back. Why would you call me Naomi? God certainly doesn’t. The Strong One ruined me.”
In verse 21 Naomi implies that God is the source of her suffering and no one should call her Naomi (which means pleasant) as God has dealt with her, here she is telling half truth, making it seem as God is some unkind God who cares less about her, however note that she left Israel to Moab because there was famine in Israel and there was food in Moab, she didn’t bother that God wasn’t worshiped there, she didn’t confirm from God if she was to go all she knew was the grass was greener on the other side so she went, and in Ruth 1:6 we’re told she returned to Israel not because it was her home country but because she heard that the land was blessed once again, that gives an impression that it wasn’t about where God placed her, or about where she had God with her, it was about where the land was green, however even after taking and making her choices she still found a way to pile the blame on Jesus for everything that went wrong. She says “the lord ruined me”. How many times have we been Naomi’s in our own lives, we make poor choices without the lords permission, we do things, move out of the land God has placed us without his consent and then when trouble come we blame the lord, weather its dating or marring an unbeliever, or moving cities or homes, or changing Jobs e.t.c? Scripture says he that breaks the hedge serpent shall bite, do you realize that the lord builds and hedge around you wherever he places you and when you move out of there without him moving you, you are open to the bite of the serpent?
One time i left where the lord had placed me because of a guy i was “in love” with and then i got into a major trouble and like Naomi i was mad at the lord, stopped attending Church talked about how i was serving the lord and yet he allowed me to get into trouble and stuff when in reality is was merely serving a guy who was in the lord, and my dishonesty made my depression terrible until i was ready to be honest i struggled, and soon as i was honest and told the lord i was wrong, i moved when he asked me not to, i wasn’t even moving because i wanted him i moved because of a man, and i blamed him because i was ashamed of where my actions had led me, healing began in my life. I do not know what is going on in your life as a result of poor choices or as a result of leaving where the lord has placed you and as the Naomi that you (we) are you’re blaming the lord i hope today you take a minute and be honest with yourself, accept your fault repent and let your healing begin.
Secondly in verse 20, Naomi told people who called her Naomi (pleasant) to call her Mara (bitter water) how interesting is this? You see she was hurting and rightly so but then she went as far as speaking negativity over her life, proverbs 18:21a says “the tongue has the power of life and death” what do you call yourself, when people say call you rich lady do you “no mi I’m poverty itself” many of us especially ladies deal with so much that we being to speak death over our lives, I’m ugly, I’m worthless, I’m hopeless e.t.c, it’s okay to be sad when trouble comes, but you need to be intentional about what you say over your life regardless, repent today dear Naomi and being speaking life over your life, you are beautiful, the Joy of the Lord is you strength. You are worthy e.t.c pick your words ensure; they contain life and speak them over your life. Another thing is if God didn’t place a desperate hunger for himself in Ruth Naomi’s bitterness could have rubbed off on Ruth after all they both lost their husbands, and they both have no other person with them right now and then the Naomi that was supposed to know the lord (being an Israelite) was bitter then Ruth could have decided to be bitter and then there would be no Boaz and she would never have been a part of the linage of our lord Jesus. So your bitterness could corrupt the goodly seed in the lives of other people connected to you. Think about this dear Naomi, repent and ask God to take away bitterness.