So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning. Ruth 1:22
Going through difficult times can often make a person feel as though God is against him and forgotten him. Some people have gone through one trouble after another for years and wonder why God is against them.
As people go through difficult times, some will give up and try to do something different to make a change in the circumstances. They will change jobs, move, seek help, and many other attempts, all while crying out to God for help.
Naomi had been going through some difficult times. Her husband had died, leaving her with her two sons and their wives. Later her sons then died, leaving her with just her daughters-in-law. On top of the troubles of being a widow with two daughters, there was a famine in the land. Food was scarce and she could not work.
Feeling as though God cursed her, she changes her name to Mara, meaning bitter, and then chooses to move back to Bethlehem. Her daughter-in-law Ruth chooses to continue to go with her to a foreign country and people.
As they arrive in Bethlehem it was the beginning of the time for harvesting the barley. This is a sign of things about to change. Although it didn’t look like much, God was providing food, despite the famine.
From this point forward the lives of Ruth and Naomi changed drastically.
It is little signs like this that can show a believer that God is still there and with him. It shows that God will provide in the time of need, at the right time and place.
Although, today, most people are not in farming communities, God still does provide in new ways. Sometimes these ways are simple and small, but it is still provision, a sudden small lump of cash, a new open door, an extra gift of food, or more.
You may be going through a tough time and feel as though God has left you. You want to change your name to bitter or broken. Keep moving forward trusting God. Look for that sign that God is still there with you, no matter how little or big that sign may be.
The barley was not much, but it was provision and a sign God had not left them.
God has not left you either and will provide for your needs.
I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will see God’s provision in your life; and that you will know God is not against you.
1 Corinthians 13:13
Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. Revelation 20:6
Death is something that is feared by the majority of people. They do not want to die. Billions of dollars are spent every year to prevent death. No expense is spared in this prevention.
For most people, death is an end. There is no hope after death. There is nothing after death. This is often believed whether they love this life or not. Some want death, in order to get away from the pain and suffering in this life, but that is the minority of people.
People fear death, often because they do not really know what happens after death. Or they know that there will be a judgment and they believe they are not ready for that judgment.
The people who have participated in the first resurrection have already died and no longer fear death. This resurrection is the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. He has conquered death and sin. In participation of His death and resurrection they have died to self and given their lives over to the control of Jesus.
Believers no longer have to fear death, because they know that they will reign with God in the end. There is hope and life after the physical death on this earth.
Death no longer has any power over them.
As a believer in Jesus, you no longer have to fear death or what this world can do to you. The most that this world can do, is send you home to God for all eternity–physical death.
Now, live life for God, because death no longer has any power.
I pray today that you will know the resurrection power of Jesus; that you will be dead to self and sin and alive to God; that God will remove all fear of physical death; and that you will know the hope of life eternal that you have in Jesus.