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Beauty in Misery

03 Sep

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

19 So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them, and the women exclaimed, “Can this be Naomi?”

20 “Don’t call me Naomi,[b]” she told them. “Call me Mara,[c] because the Almighty[d] has made my life very bitter. 21 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted[e] me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.”

22 So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning. (Ruth 1:19-22)

This is something which happens to every true Christian who was temporarily caught in a sin trap, and is now free again: they go away full with Christ, and return empty and desolate; leaving the very place where God provides for His people; the cross for us, is never a good idea. However, even in the worst of circumstances, there is always some good. In this case, Ruth joined God’s people.

That being said, Naomi’s husband and two sons still did die in Moab. Sin always forces us to give far more than we want to, and it’s only by God’s mercy that any good can come out of it at all. Paul tells us this quite clearly:

20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:20-21)

In chapter six, Paul somewhat completes his train of thought by telling us that we have died to the sin nature, and so can no longer live in sin. (We can still fall temporarily into sin, but we cannot live in it anymore).

The point is this: God can bring beauty in misery, but it is never a wise idea to test God. It is better by far to pray for strength to stay free of sin.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Delivered Through Love

 

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