This Week's Sermon: ( 6-2-15 )

When you think you have had all the grief you can handle in losing someone you dearly love and cannot live without, consider Naomi.

 

Naomi's husband Elimelech died.

She was left with her 2 sons, Mahlon and Chilion.

 

Ten years later her 2 sons died also.

She was left all alone except for her daughters in law, Orpah and Ruth.

 

Thus, the Book of Ruth.

 

Naomi was in such bitterness in her grief that she said this;

And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.

I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me? Ruth 1:20-21

 

The name Naomi, means pleasant.

What she wanted people to call her, “ Mara “, means bitter.

 

Like Naomi, many of us who have suffered great loss want to blame God for it.

 

While God does know the number of days in our life, from His foreknowledge, it does not mean God causes our life to come to an end after that many days.

He just knows ahead of time how long we will live, just as He knows everything else about the future.

 

Throughout the Holy Bible God many times either extended a person's life or shortened it.

There were enemies of Israel whom God smote and killed ahead of what could have been their time.

 

There were people God granted an extended life at their request.

 

Many people just get sick and die.

Many people live a prolonged life due to medicines that help keep people alive.

 

Some people die in a car wreck from careless driving.

It wasn't God that caused the accident, it was their careless driving.

 

There are people who die from an overdose of drugs or indulging in alcohol.

 

It wasn't God's fault they died.

 

I've known people who died in these situations.

 

God was not at fault, as many think.

 

God later blessed Naomi through her daughter in law Ruth, by letting Ruth bare a child named Obed, that would be the grandfather of the psalmist David;

And 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.

And 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.

And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.

And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David. “  Ruth 4:14-17

 

If we choose to get bitter toward God and blame Him for our loss and grief, we might want to consider developing a better relationship with God.

One way is to read His Word, the Holy Bible, more.

 

In our heart we need to make the choice to trust God that He is good, just as David did.

 

I'm finding that in reading the Bible more and thinking about it, God's Word is actually feeding my soul.

 

I told God after the loss of my wife I'm not going to blame Him nor get bitter toward Him.

 

I told Him I love Him as I know in my heart He really does love me.

 

Talk to God like you would a friend you trust.

 

God is a very good listener.

 

Wayne Brown