SENSING GOD INSPIRES HOPE

Posted: August 14, 2012 in Books, Christianity, Education, Family, History, Life, Lifestyle, News, Parenting, Quotes, Uncategorized

“When she heard in Moab that the LORD had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them, Naomi and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home from there.”

– Ruth 1:6 NIV

Seeking God fuels faith with inspired hope. When God senses within you a desire to seek Him, He desires to feed it so your desire for Him can grow. As we respond, our desire for Him moves us towards the places of destiny in Christ He has planned for us to encounter in this life as we walk by faith. “My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face! Your face, LORD, I will seek.” – Psalm 27:8 NIV This is what happened to Naomi and will happen with us, in our faith walk, as we learn to respond to God and recognize Him at work doing the new things He proclaims in His word and promises to fulfill in us and through us.

Naomi and her daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah, had all encountered great loss through the death of their husbands. Naomi lost her husband and her two sons. Her grief was so great, she expressed outwardly how she was feeling internally, “No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you, because the LORD’S hand has gone out against me!” – Ruth 1:13 NIV Surrounded by death, famine and grief, Naomi’s loss made her feel God was against her. The story of Naomi, in the book of Ruth, opens with a famine in the town of Bethlehem where Naomi lived with her husband and her two sons. Due to the famine, they move to Moab where Naomi’s sons each marry and Naomi gains two daughter-in-laws, Orpah and Ruth. In the course of time, Naomi’s husband dies and ten years later she loses her 2 sons. In the midst of the grief, famine and loss, Naomi hears that God is at work helping her people. Sensing God’s present help, Naomi, Orpah and Ruth move in the direction towards the place where God is providing for those in need. It was during the course of their journey, moving towards God, Naomi discloses her intense bitterness in Ruth 1:13.

Naomi’s loss was so great, it was hard for her to transition into the new season of life God was providing for her. Perhaps her loss dimmed her hopes of the possibilities of a new life. Discouraged by her own grief, bitterness and loss, Naomi tries to discourage Orpah and Ruth from going back with her to Bethlehem, the very place that Naomi left due to the famine. “Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought that there was still hope for me…” – Ruth 1:12 NIV During the course of life’s journey, we may suffer great loss, grief and intense emotional challenges that can discourage us from believing in the promise of something new and better beyond the horizon of our current circumstances. God used Ruth to fortify the hope He gave Naomi that caused her to begin moving towards Bethlehem where God was at work. “But Ruth clung to her.” – Ruth 1:14 NIV By His grace, God can inspire hope in us and lead us back to places that were once barren to experience a new season of fulfillment, blessing and restoration! So great is His desire for us to experience something better and new, He will plant external sources of encouragement, inspiration and motivation to keep us going until we step into the new season of life He ordained for us!

May God bless you and help you to move towards Him and step into the new season of  life He has ordained for you to experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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