Hopelessness and Despair

October 3, 2013


Pray For Revival

Pray For Revival

SCRIPTURE

Don’t call me Naomi,” she responded. “Instead, call me Mara, for the Almighty has made life very bitter for me.

~Ruth 1:20, NLT

QUOTE

Many things are possible for the person who has hope. Even more is possible for the person who has faith. And still more is possible for the person who knows how to love. But everything is possible for the person who practices all three virtues.

~Brother Lawrence

COMMENTARY

Because we live in a fallen world we face a mixture of failure and success, joy and sorrow, the hope of being delighted and the despair of being disappointed. Naomi had more than a share of disappointment. She was forced to leave the land of her birth because of famine and then while residing in a strange and foreign land, she lost her husband and both sons which made up her entire family except for her two daughter-in-laws. She came home bitter: she corrected the women of Bethlehem who came out to greet her, “Don’t call me pleasant [Naomi], call me bitter [Mara], for the Almighty has made life very bitter for me.”

Let’s be honest and not critical: she had endured a lot of grief, more than I can imagine. Naomi had been hurt and disappointed to the point that she was resigned to hopelessness and despair: in short, Naomi had given up on life. She told her daughter-in-laws {JEV}, “You don’t want to tag along with me. I am an old woman and I have no future and you will not have a future either if you go with me, so go back home to your families.” I have some good news for all the Naomi’s and there are a lot of us who are prone to despair…

  1. God will determine your future: Naomi gave up on God but He did not give up on her. He by grace, gave Naomi a loyal daughter-in-law, a new son-in-law [so to speak] and a grand son. This grandson changed Naomi’s life.
  2. Naomi was down on God for what he had not done but she was missing what He was doing. He intervened through Ruth who became Naomi’s savior. Despair drives us to seclusion. Naomi wanted to be left alone but Ruth would not allow it.
  3. Nothing is impossible with God. Naomi didn’t believe that anything, or anyone could give her hope but she was wrong. Naomi took the baby and cuddled him to her breast. And she cared for him as if he were her own. The neighbor women said, “Now at last Naomi has a son again!” And they named him Obed [Serving]. He became the father of Jesse and the grandfather of David. [Ruth 4:16-17]

EXTRA

Wow, what a crowd of young people last night: unbelievable. If we could get the adults to match suit, we would fill the house up and the praise and worship was great. I loved it all but especially the solo’s by Brent on the guitar. He plays every instrument on the stage. The LORD has blessed us with a good band. God is at work. Two POF’s Sunday and JD had one more last night. Thank You Jesus. I was listening to Carol Lynn as I cooked last night and she said that Duck Dynasty has a Christmas Album coming out called “Duck The Halls.”  I thought it was funny, no one else was impressed. Don’t forget to get to pray for MY HOPE.

What day is it?

What day is it?

~Ruth 1:20

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