“They took for themselves Moabite women as wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. And they lived there about ten years. Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died, and the woman was bereft of her two children and her husband.” Ruth 1:4-5
For today’s reading it’s important to remember that Naomi is a widow in Moab, where the Moabites were enemies of Israelites and worshipped idols for generations. During the ten years that Naomi’s family lived in Moab both of her sons married Moabites yet never had children. Then, both of her beloved boys died. Without her husband and sons, Naomi had no male protector and was devasted. The choice that her husband, Elimelech, made to abandon the land that God gave them and settle in a new way of life caused much devastation for the whole family.
Disobedience to God can block the joy, blessings and inner peace which God desires for us and can impact others we are close to. When we disobey Him we are allowing self-will to take over instead of surrendering to God and desiring His will for us. In Deuteronomy 11:26-28 we read, "See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse -- the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known."
Years ago, the actions and words of someone I love dearly hurt me so badly that I decided I would say and do just what I wanted- I WOULD TAKE MATTERS INTO MY OWN HANDS and SHOW HIM!! By me choosing to do my will over God’s will of forgiveness, I suffered the consequences. I was living with anger, anxiety, guilt, lack of sleep and distraction from things I should have been doing. This devastation in my life also impacted my family as my temper was short and I was not treating them the way I should have been. God wants to bless us and not see us go through that kind of turmoil. We have to make the decision though …to obey His commands or to obey OUR choices without seeking His will.
What about you…Is there a place in your life that you are (or were) walking in disobedience for a season of time? What consequences did you experience, physically, emotionally, spiritually? Were others impacted by your disobedience?
For further reading: Psalm 1; Psalm 119:10-11
Dear Heavenly Father,
I love you and pray that I choose obedience to You and Your will EVERY DAY and in EVERY WAY over my self-will. The thought of me causing devastation for others breaks my heart. Help me, Lord, to obey You so undue turmoil is not in my life and in the lives of those I love. I want to claim Your promise in Isaiah 1:19 "If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land.” In Jesus’ name I pray.