Returning Home for the Change We Need
Naomi returned . . . at the beginning of barley harvest. ―Ruth 1:22
Sometimes we settle in our adverse circumstances until the idea of change seems foreign. Even worse, the path to change may lie clearly in our view, but as in Naomi’s case, it may lead us back to the place from which we came. We may be surprised, thinking that changes happen only in new territories.
Naomi and family had migrated from Bethlehem to Moab in search of progress. While there, her circumstances grew worse than ever. Returning home could be embarrassing. She left “full” with family and potential; she would return empty, having lost spouse, children and material possessions. She left ten years younger; she was returning less physically able. Her hometown knew her by a name which meant pleasant and attractive; she was returning sorrowful and bitter (Ruth 1: 20, 21). But she needed a change.
People, like Naomi, deserve commendation for embracing change even when it is uncomfortable. We may want to remain where we are until we experience success the way others have; but we limit ourselves when we measure our success by what other people achieve. Real success is fulfilling the God-given purpose for which He made us, and it is His hand that charts our course. He had blessed Bethlehem with food, and Naomi followed His provision in her pursuit for change.
Ruth, the widow of one of Naomi’s late sons, participated in Naomi’s change. She followed her mother-in-law, desiring to know and accept the old woman’s God. The women arrived at the beginning of the barley season, which was followed by the reaping of wheat and other grains. Ruth gleaned food sufficient for the two women; found a godly and wealthy husband who took care of them, and placed them in the ancestry of Jesus, the Messiah.
Are we focusing on the adversity and missing the opportunity for change? Or are we simply afraid to begin the process? Let us pray for insight and obedience to find and embrace change however and whenever God arranges it. Consider that the path to godly success may lead us back to our starting point.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for charting our course toward success. Please give us the courage to follow the changes which You include for our benefit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Ten Powerful Quotes About Change
- “We can't be afraid of change... Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don't have something better.” ―C. JoyBell C.
- “You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ―Roy T. Bennett
- “One of the most poisonous of all Satan’s whispers is simply, “Things will never change.” That lie kills expectation, trapping our heart forever in the present. . . Things will not always be like this. Jesus has promised to “make all things new.” ―John Eldredge
- “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ―Terry Pratchett
- “Legalism says God will love us if we change. The gospel says God will change us because He loves us.” ―Tullian Tchividjian
- “I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time-waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God-it changes me.” ―William Nicholson
- “Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses, and start making changes.” ―Roy T. Bennett
- “Don't just learn from God's Word, but believe it will change your life.” ―Joyce Meyer
- “When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ―Haruki Murakami
- It does not matter what your circumstances are; the instant you begin to thank God, even though your situation has not changed, you begin to change.” ―Francis Frangipane
- Purpose: The Reason We Don’t Give Up
God’s question, “What are you doing here?” suggests that Elijah was in a wrong place, where self-pity robbed him of his significance. Why stay in a place where it seems that purpose has expired?
- Some Bad Things Happen To Prevent Something Worse
God allows some bad things to spare us the worse. We lose possessions that are potential firewood; we fail at relationships built on deception; we encounter closed doors that prevent our disgrace. Thank Him.
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