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.
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
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
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
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
LIGHT IN THIS DARK DAY.
A. This is so bad, I will never laugh again.
Ruth 1:20 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath
dealt very bitterly with me.
B. Just call me HURT, BITTER, WASHED UP...
V. IF THE LORD IS WITH YOU --- YOU CAN BE A MIRACLE.
GOD HAS A PLAN, IT IS CALLED A KINS-MAN REDEEMER...
IT MAY LOOK DARK TODAY BUT LADY --- GOD HAS ALREADY MADE A WAY AND
DIVINE FAVOR AND BLESSING WILL REIGN AGAIN.
A. The WELFARE SYSTEM of that day was called GLEANING...
LEAVE THE CORNERS ...
B. BY ACCIDENT? Happenstance RUTH BECOMES A MIRACLE TO NAOMI...
AND RUTH AND NAOMI RECEIVE A MIRACLE IN RETURN...
WILL YOU BE SOMEONES MIRACLE TODAY?
C. THE MIRACLE IS THE LORD IS WITH YOU...
Ruth 2:4 And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The LORD be
with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless thee.
5 Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this?
6 And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel
that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab: