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Being a Player

"So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem" (Ruth 1:19).

I hope that many of you have read the Book of Ruth this week or are planning to. Naomi's family, complete with husband, sons, and daughter-in-laws, had left their home in Bethlehem and gone to Moab because of a famine. Her sons had married Moabite women, and they hoped to find food there. During this time, all of the men died, leaving Naomi with Orpah and Ruth her daughter-in-laws, and she urged them to stay in Moab as she returned to her home. Of course, Ruth did not. The presence of God in this family is known only through the faith of Naomi. In today's jargon, when someone is heavily involved in something considered to be important, we call them a player... This being said, neither Ruth nor Naomi were players... Nowhere in the book does God tell Naomi's family to leave Bethlehem for Moab. He does not tell her to return home either. Ruth does not have some special dream in which God tells her to stay with her mother-in-law. Here are two humble women, using their best judgement as they attempt to make their way in a world that has dealt them a bad hand. With meekness, they bear the burdens that life brings to them. We live our lives much the same way. Oh, we read our Bibles and pray to God as he has instructed us to do. Just as Naomi, we live under the watchful eye of God with an attitude of trust. Though the world's standards might not say so, Ruth and Naomi were players... So are we! As we accept God into our lives, we put our faith, trust, and hope in Him. Though everything might not turn out the way we want them to, we still maintain that trust, faith, and hope. Though not specifically stated, God had plans for Ruth and Naomi. He has wonderful plans for us too... Its good to be a player...

Have a great day... Go about doing good... Love mark Phil.4:11

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