Yesterday we finished studying the book of Luke, and so today we are moving on to the book of Ruth. — This is what God gave me today in His word:
In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years, (Ruth 1:1-4)
Now, the Merriam Webster dictionary defines “Sojourn” as the following: ”a temporary stay <a sojourn in the country>” One of the examples it provides is, “Our family enjoyed a two-week sojourn in the mountains.” Elimelech didn’t plan to stay long in Moab. He apparently just wanted to outlast the famine, and then return to Bethlehem. He certainly didn’t expect to die, and have his sons marry there.
See, Elimelech’s problem, was that He didn’t trust God to provide for His people. Instead of trusting God, He left, “The House of Bread” (which is what “Bethlehem” means), and went to a sinful nation to eat; but only for a little. We can have the same exact problem as Elimelech, whenever we decide to sin… Just a tiny bit. James puts it better than me:
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. (James 1:15)
Giving into a little sin, often leads to giving into more sin. One year in Moab, turned into two, which turned into three, which eventually turned into Elimelech spending the rest of his days there. One desire, turns into one sin, which turns into a many sins, which turns into death. Our only hope to avoid this happening, is to never leave where God provides for His people!-We should never leave Jesus’ presence. No matter how tough things seem to get, dying in our sin is much worse than living in temporary trouble.
You are Loved!