History certainly offers many avenues to follow when a pandemic seems to take over the entire globe. COVID-19 started December of 2019 in China and is still spreading across the world. Today, we still live in fear and anxiety in isolation away from others. I pray that we will be able to celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday with family. Technology has safely brought us together with others as we stay at home.
No contact seems to be the way of life right now! Are we missing the greater lesson?
NOTHING is BIGGER than our God!
Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28
That scripture places everything in perspective.
Please note, we do not want to be insensitive to those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19.
However, the death of a loved one could change things. That is exactly what happened in another time and culture.
In the Old Testament during the time the judges governed, a famine existed in the land. A man named Elimelech and his wife Naomi moved with their two sons: Mahlon and Chilion from Bethlehem to Moab.
Then Elimelech died and left Naomi a widow with her two sons.
Each of the two sons married Moabite Women; Orpah and Ruth. After ten years, both Mahlon and Chilion also died. Naomi was now without her husband and sons, but her two daughters in laws remained.
Naomi heard that the Lord had given His people food. She arose to move back to Judah. Before they left, Naomi told her daughters-in-laws to return to their mother’s house.
And they said to her, “No, but we will surely return with you to your people.”
Naomi said, “Return my daughters. Why should you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands? The hand of the Lord has gone forth against me.”
Orpah kissed Naomi and left, but Ruth clung to Naomi.
Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.”
Ruth displayed an unwavering loyalty to her mother in law. This allegiance came only from seeing Naomi live out her faith in good and bad times. God’s hand did appear to be against Naomi, and yet she still submitted to the Lord’s sovereignty. Naomi must have been a great example of what it means to be a Godly mother and mother-in-law!
Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for living out your faith and seeking God first! This is certainly a treasure for our children to share with their children.
But Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33