Reading today from Judges 20 – Ruth 1…
“And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?” Ruth 1:20-21 (KJB)
Naomi, the mother in law of Ruth felt bitterness from the LORD. Take into mind that she did not feel bitter toward the LORD, but felt as though the LORD had dealt harshly with her.
She lost her husband [Elimelech] in Moab – a foreign land, and an enemy of Israel. Also their two sons had died in that land too. You could say that she had reason for feeling that way.
“Mara” means bitter. “Naomi” means pleasant, blessed, prosperous. She felt like “Mara” not “Naomi”. We have all been at the place of feeling the bitterness of life, feeling like God has forsaken us, that we have been stricken with grief. Now Naomi had come home. It is said, “There is no place like home”, and I must say that I certainly agree.
The foolish endeavors of men, in the name of bettering the means of or families, can cause bitter times for our wives and children. Elimelech had gone to Moab looking for greener pastures, leaving the land of Promise.
Naomi had returned, she came home, with Ruth to that land of Promise and was very ready and willing to be blessed by God again. She was blessed in her homecoming, with the one who came with her. A loving daughter who loved her fully.
Let us always remember even when we feel bitterly afflicted, that God has not forsaken us, and that He has blessed us gloriously.
Home is where Jesus the Savior is. Come home through faith in Jesus and His finished work on the cross.