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Summary: Naomi and her family left home because of a drought. They were hurting. In Moab things got worse. Her support structure was gone. She came to Moab, beautiful, lovely and blessed. She left bitter and heart broken. One person stood in thE GAP.

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BE A MIRACLE FOR HURTING PERSON ...

HANDS FULL ON PURPOSE TURNS INTO A MIRACLE ---

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

There was a circle of young boys gathered around a cute little puppy dog. One by

one they were talking. The deal was whoever could tell the biggest lie won the dog

to be their pet. The boys told their stories.

A preacher came up and asked what the boys were doing?

They told the preacher they were having a LYER'S CONTEST!

The Preacher told the boys what a shame. The preacher said all I ever tell is the truth.

I never lie. I never lied when I was a young boy, shame on you all.

The boys voted on who's lie was the best?

The PREACHER WALKED AWAY WITH A CUTE, NEW PUPPY IN HIS ARMS.

I. HAVE YOU EVER LEARNED THAT LIFE CAN HURT AND LEAVE US VERY BITTER?

SOME SEEM TO THINK A CHRISTIAN LIFE SHOULD BE EASY, A ROSE GARDEN OF

BEAUTY. THE WISE UNDERSTAND ROSES COME WITH THORNS.

Ruth 1:1 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the

land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his

wife, and his two sons.

A. THE NATION OF ISREAL HAD BEEN FLOWING WITH GREAT BLESSINGS.

Sin gradually sneaks into the camp and the people of God BACKSLIDE.

B. DROUGHT comes as a matter of judgment.

Hard, difficult days turn into weeks, into months and a Godly family has to find RELIEF.

C. ELIMELECH makes a decision and tells his wife: NAOMI ---

We have nothing else we can do but PACK our essentials and MOVE TO MOAB.

D. ELIMELECH and NAOMI packed the U-Haul truck and took their two sons:

MAHLON and CHILION and left Israel for MOAB.

HARD TIMES FORCED THEM ---

E. MOAB was LOT"S oldest son. ABRAHAM was Moab's UNCLE.

MOAB was east of the Jordan River and the DEAD SEA.

FROM THE TOP OF MOUNT PISGAH SEVERAL PROPHETS PEERED INTO THE

PROMISE LAND.

II. MIRACLES? MIRACLES CAN COME THROUGH PEOPLE...

SOMETIMES LIFE GOES FROM DIFFICULT AND HARD TO WORSE AND TROUBLE

BECOMES OVERWHELMING. WHY GOD? WHY?

Ruth 1:3 And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.

A. Death visits and leaves NAOMI a widow with two sons, and no insurance and no

Social Sercuity.

B. The two sons grow up and marry two MOABITE GIRLS...

They were making it...

C. THE TWIST TRAIL OF HARD LIFE LEADS TO UNCHARTED WATERS.

ONE SON DIES. THE OTHER SON DIES.

NOW WHAT CAN WE DO? The drought has passed and NAOMI makes the decision to

GO HOME.

III. FEAR AND DOUBT CRUSH NAOMI, which means the LOVABLE, DELIGHT---

GOD HAS A PLAN AND GOD USES A MOABITE'S KINDNESS TO REACH DOWN...

GOD TOUCHES PEOPLE THROUGH PEOPLE...

A. There are many of God's people around during NAOMI'S DARK DAYS...

B. GOD USES WHO HE CHOSES...

IF NOT YOU? THEN WHO!

IF NOT HERE? THEN WHERE

IF NOT NOW? THEN WHEN

Ruth 1:16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee:

for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my

people, and thy God my God:

IV. LIFE HAS BEEN MEAN TO ME, NEVER CALL ME A DELIGHT AGAIN! I AM NOT

LOVABLE? I AM CRUSHED AND CRUSHED AGAIN --- I CAN NOT NOT SEE GOD'S


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