Then Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had blessed his people in Judah by giving them good crops again. So Naomi and her daughters-in-law got ready to leave Moab to return to her homeland.With her two daughters-in-law she set out from the place where she had been living, and they took the road that would lead them back to Judah. —Ruth 1:6-7
Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had blessed his people in Judah…they took the road that would lead them back…
It is easy to get separated from God’s aid. Separation from his blessings is not being separated from his love. We can never be separated from his love, but we can be in a place where he chooses to no longer provide help. I’m not talking about a geographical location. I’m talking about a spiritual settling down that leaves faithfulness to God out of the picture.
Naomi went to Moab because there was no food in Bethlehem. Ten years and 3 funerals later, she finds herself a destitute widow with two widowed daughter-in-laws. Without a husband and without any sons, her future looks bleak. It is here that God begins reach out to her.
Naomi heard…We don’t know how she heard. God in his grace has a way of dropping hints to us when we are far from him. He is not obligated to do this. He does it because he loves us. He wants us to be near him. If you have a hard time believing God’s wants you to be close to him, read this.
Where have you spiritually decided to settle down? If your place does not include being faithful to God (especially if you have been faithful in the past), God will remove his aid from you. However, do not interpret that as God not loving you, not wanting you, or not desiring you to come back. Look around. Listen. I bet he is dropping hints right now.
…they took the road that would lead them back…Naomi heard and she responded. She had to tell her daughter-in-laws and friends in Moab, “I can’t stay here anymore.” I’m sure there were questions. A decade is a long time. Would it not have been interesting to hear her explanation as to why she could no longer stay where she was?
I’m sure the tone and logic of her answers left those people wanting, but that is case when we start to move in faith. Those around us, those who helped us in our journey away from God, will never understand why we would return to him. Nevertheless, Naomi packed what was needed and left everything else behind.
The road leading back to God requires a steady dose of humility. But why must we be humble? Because of the sinful choices that took us down the wrong path. The way back to Bethlehem was the same road Naomi took to get too Moab, but the journey back was paved with regret and brokenness. She realized she should have never gone down that road in the first place.
Sin is like that. When we start down the road of sin it rarely feels evil. It usually feels fun or justified or logical or right. But after we have spent some time away from where we are supposed to be, we realize we have messed up. Sin can be hard to recognize, but it is God’s grace that always shows us the way back. If you’re having a hard time seeing your sin, read this.
Occasionally, we find ourselves in a place where God will not bless. If that is you, and you are reading this, then take it as a hint. God is calling you back.
Here is a song for the journey. On My Own by Ashes Remain
Please share this with a friend. Who knows? Maybe God wants to drop them a hint.