In the journey of life, we have one time or another encountered situations that demanded we act the best way we know how. After all, it’s instinctive of humans when faced with danger to immediately device means and ways of escape. Our instincts for survival always makes us look for an easy path out when we are faced with challenges. The scriptural account of Naomi’s family is a good example. Faced with the prospects of famine in Israel, they had to develop some means of survival. Unfortunately and just like we do, their survival formula left God out of the picture and was more of what we call today self help techniques. Without seeking God’s will for them, they crossed over to the land of Moab because things appeared quite promising there. The moment we design survival formula out of God’s will, that marks the beginning of our downfall. That’s the moment we get tempted to cross over on the other side where we think we stand a better chance just because things are hard for us where we are. Unfortunately, and just like it happens with most of us, the family’s self help formula brought them to the doors of death which they were escaping from. All the men in the family died leaving three miserable widows with no conceivable way out of their misery. Where are you feeling tempted to employ self help techniques because things are hard for you and God doesn’t seem concerned? Which green pastures are you pursuing because your pastures appear dry and dead? It’s not everything that glitters that is golden. Many times the problems that we are running away from are indeed opportunities that God provides for our growth and be ability to trust him. There is death in Moab despite all the abundance of food that entices us there. Your best opportunity is where God is even if it looks like a desert. It’s God’s desire that where he is, we be also for even youths shall faint and strong men fall but those who wait on God, even in their famines shall renew their strength!
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” Isaiah 30:18 NIV
Last modified: October 26, 2020