Blind to the Blessings of God

Ruth 1:14c ….it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord is gone out against me.   Here we find Naomi, a Jewish woman struggling with the hardships she is facing.   Because of famine her husband had led her and their two sons from Israel to the land of Moab.  Her husband has died and her sons took wives from the Moabite women and after ten years they also had died.  Her world is falling apart.  Far from home, with no family, or way of supporting herself, she is feeling abandoned by her God.   Her daughter-in-laws are in mourning and she seems to have given up.   She tells Orpah and Ruth to go back to their families’ that there is no future with her.  God’s hand is“gone out against me.   In verse 20 she requests not to be called by her given name Naomi but to be called Mara.  The significance of this name-change is that while Naomi means blessed by God, Mara means bitter.   Naomi has the same response to trials that I see in so many of those who profess Christ.   She is so overwhelmed with her situation, so blinded by her circumstances that she can not see the blessings of God in her life.  She feels abandoned and without hope, joy, or purpose.   What blessings am I talking about you may be asking.   In verse 14 she notes that God’s hand is gone out against her, but in verse 15 we see something that she missed.   Ruth 1:15d… “but Ruth clave unto her.”   This is significant because that in the midst of her trial God was at work even though she was blind to what he was doing and who he was going to use in her life!   Ruth declares whither thou goest I will go, where thou lodgest I will lodge, thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.  Now lets skip ahead to Ruth 4:13-16 :So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son. 14And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. 15And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him. 16And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.  In these 3 verses we see that all Naomi had lacked was supplied to her by God through Ruth!  She has provision, she has purpose, she has Joy!   Oh if she had only trusted in God she would have saved herself from the misery, discouragement, and worry.   She could have had Joy, peace, and contentment instead.   She was blind to God’s blessing and suffered for it.   Now for the sake of honesty can we admit that many times we find ourselves in the same situation.   Overwhelmed with our adversities whether related to our relationships, our finances, our health, or a million other things that we struggle with.   What started as a “molehill” has become a mountain that looms over us casting us in the shadow of fear and doubt.   Overcoming that problem becomes utterly impossible in our eyes.  We lose hope, and joy.  Our peace has flown away in the wind of despair.  We are blinded.   We forget that The God who created all that is with a few spoken words is OUR GOD and with God nothing is impossible.   Let me remind you that like Naomi even if blind to God’s working in your life He is still at work.  Ruth clave unto her!  Put your trust in God! Don’t allow you mole hill to grow, but seek the help of our heavenly Father.  Philippians 4:6-8 6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.