Where the Grass is Greener
"Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons" - Ruth 1:1
Have you ever been in a situation where you are doing what God asked you to do and going where He asked you to go, yet you still feel like your life is in lack? Well, if you it makes you feel any better you are not alone. And from what I have recently learned, God’s very much involved in your situation and teaching you the best lesson you will probably ever learn.
Earlier this week, I was at a church service and we read the above scripture in Ruth. I’ve read this scripture in the past and always kind of “skimmed past it” to learn more about Naomi and Ruth; but this week we focused more on Elimelech and his decision to take his entire family and leave Bethlehem (because there seemed to be a famine) and move to Moab (a cursed land). The Greek definition for Bethlehem is "House Of Bread", which means that there was no way that there could have been a famine in the House of Bread. Bethlehem represents us being where God has placed us, which is the will of God. "When you are in the will of God there is no famine...it is only a test"! Elimelech didn't understand that his situation was a test. He’s like many of us who are in a place that seems as though it isn't flourishing, so we step out of where God has placed us and go to where the grass looks greener, but little do we know that place is just a facade. It looks green and flourished, but it is really a dangerous place. When you leave God's covering anything can happen to you because you aren't protected. Elimelech lost his life in Moab and so did his two sons that he took with him. He didn't trust that if God brought him to the test, he would also bring him and his family through it...he paid the ultimate price when he stepped out of God's covering.
Today we have the opportunity to start over new! If you didn't understand what God was doing in your life and made an "Elimelech move" and stepped out of the covering that he has placed you under, it's never too late to head back to your Bethlehem. Trust the process and understand that if whatever you're going through doesn't line up with the word of God, it’s not the truth, it's only a test! Let's trust God so that we don't fail! :)
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