The Comeback Kid! by Elaine Davenport January 26- Feb. 4, 2010
Be of good cheer believer! God can use you no matter what is going on in your life. Stand in faith.
The bible doesn’t tell us what kind of a man Naomi’s husband was or her two sons, but after they all die within a ten-year time period; she loses faith. I did not say that she lost it all. But, even as she returns as a widow to her hometown with her daughter-in-law Ruth a Moabites woman, she admonishes her friends:
20 “Don’t call me Naomi, (the name means pleasant) ” 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.” Ruth 1 (I’m glad that her friends ignored that)
Now, some might have thought Naomi was a cry baby or a drama queen, but she had a lot on her mind.
You see, it was important to Naomi that her family name live on. So when her two sons died along with her husband and she assessed her age; she concluded that she would have no more children and that all was lost.
As you read the rest of the Book of Ruth which is only 3 chapters; you see Naomi slowly begin to change.
It is actually Naomi who guides this story as she mentors and guides Ruth so that they find favor to receive food from a distant wealthy relative Boaz and ultimately be provided for permanently. When Ruth relates to Naomi the kindness that Boaz has shown to her; Naomi responds to say :
20 “The LORD bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. “He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is our close relative; he is one of our kinsman-redeemers.” Ruth 2
Naomi had not lost faith in fact, her insistence to return to her homeland despite a moment of self-pity was a walk of faith! She returned to a land where her daughter-in-law was not necessarily welcome and found favor in the sight of God and her fellow-man.
When it finally happens that Boaz wins the right to redeem Naomi’s land and to buy the rights to marry Ruth and allow Naomi’s name to live on; the neighbors proclaim:
14And the women said to Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, Who has not left you this day without a close kinsman, and may his name be famous in Israel.
15And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher and supporter in your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.
16Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her bosom and became his nurse.
17And her neighbor women gave him a name, saying, A son is born to Naomi. They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David [the ancestor of Jesus Christ]. Ruth 4
You see God not only recompensed Ruth because of her love and service; but he rewarded Naomi and Blessed her. Naomi made a comeback from a woman of despair to a woman of great joy!
You see…God is a faithful God; full of mercy, love and compassion.