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  • Writer's pictureIsrael Ekundayo



*....DO NOT CALL ME NAOMI....(2)*

*Scripture Treasure.*

Ruth 1: 19-20 *So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?*

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

*Insight and Highlight.*

Naomi went full but came back empty.

Bethlehemjudah that she had left empty was now full.

*Scripture Commentaries.*

Naomi, whose name means 'pleasant', offered herself to be called Mara, which means 'bitter'.

How life turned sour for a life that was once full of God but is now void of it.

The Bethlehemjudah she and her family left the *"......Lord had visited his people in giving them bread."* Ruth 1:6,

after *....ten years*, ref Ruth 1:4.

In the land of Moab, Naomi had lost more in ten years than she had gained in her prime time.

She became miserable. She could not find any pleasant reason or fulfillment in the name she bore. There was no life fulfiment that found expression of pleasantness.

She came to Moab full but left empty.

The story continues to tell us that it must have been that Elimelech and family were well known.

We can see this because when Naomi returned, she was recognized by the people in Bethlehemjudah.

Noteworthy was the caption, *And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?* Ruth 1: 19.

Though she had virtue, she had lost stature, her faulty foundation of impatience was waiting for her, and her already shaken faith had waned by the ugly outcome in Moab.

She must have been consoled and compensated by Ruth, who chose not to be a 'fair weather friend' but a true widow of one of her sons. She stayed back and *'....clave unto...'* Naomi, Ruth 1:14-16-19.

A good lesson is that some people remained in Bethlehemjudah while the famine lasted. They weathered the storm of famine with the city, and they conquered.

Not many people are like those who stayed back to see the comeback of Bethlehemjudah.

Many are like Elimelech and family who can not be part of the solution but came back when the problem was solved.

Be careful and patient.

Always ask yourself *'.....who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?* Esther 4:14.

You are almost at the point of your breakthrough. Do not allow impatience to rob you!

*Remorse corner.*

Many of us do not want to be a part of solving a problem.

Prov 17:17 *A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.*

*Call to Word action.*

Heb 10:36 *For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.*

*The Christian clarion duty.*

The time to get to your ultimate fulfillment can not be compared to the time you have spent getting to where you are now.


Lord, help me to be a part of the solution rather than run away from the solution, in Jesus name.

Good morning all, and be blessed as you come into His presence.

God bless you.

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