TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, July 22, 2019:
The mother-in-law of Ruth as recorded in the Bible.
The woman said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a close relative.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The name Naomi means “My delight.” But when bad things happened to her, she wanted to change her name to match her circumstances at the time. The story of Naomi in the scripture reminds us to never be quick to judge whether something that happens to you is a blessing or a curse.
In Ruth 1:13 we are told that after Naomi’s husband and her two sons died, she concluded, “The hand of the Lord has gone out against me!” When people greeted her, she would say, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara (which means bitter), for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me (Ruth 4:20).”
Naomi did what most of us tend to do. Rather than judge her circumstances as a follower of the one true God who had proclaimed unfailing love for her, she judged wrongly.
The hand of the Lord had not gone against her. In fact, Naomi had a God-given treasure-trove of blessings for her that she had not yet discovered. Although Naomi lost her husband and two sons, she was given by God something totally unexpected, a devoted daughter-in-law and a grandchild who would be in the lineage of the Messiah. Naomi was the great-grandmother of King David.
We can learn from what happened to Naomi. Sometimes the worst thing that happens to us can open the door for the best that God has to give us. Remember that God’s purpose for us in allowing the events we face today may not be seen until tomorrow.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Matthew 6:33.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Help me, dear Lord not to judge Your love for me on the basis of what today brings whether it is good or bad. Help me to remember that You desire to use my circumstances to make me more like You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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