“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 Bethlehem Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem Judah, and they came into the country of Moab and continued here.” Ruth 1 vs 1-2.
Elimelech had everything to survive the famine but was blinded by what he saw in the physical and thus he made the decision to immigrate with his family. Not only was he living in the country where Jesus was born but the name Bethlehem, means house of meat or house of bread. Also, the Bible referred to him and as his family as Ephrathites of Bethlehem, which means fruitful. So, in other words Elimelech and his family were already fruitful and were already at the right place, despite the famine.
His very name (Elimelech) meant God is my King. But instead of crying out to the King of Kings, he chose to leave his bless place. His place of bread or his place of plenty where he would have been sustained by God. Job chapter 5 vs 20 says “in famine he shall redeem thee from death, and in war from the power of the sword. Verse 22 says “At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh, neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.” That’s what the Bible says, we shall laugh during famine! There is no need to flee from your home or country unless God told you to go. Do not leave your bless place and die like Elimelech! Stand still like the widow of Zarephath, who experienced God’s provision during the famine by the hands of the prophet Elijah (1st Kings 17). Her flour and oil never ran out because God sustained her.
Just recently I went to the store and everything that I went to buy was sold out. I went back to my car feeling disappointed. As I sat in the car with my daughter I remember saying “Lord what should I do now?” And he answered immediately, he told me this too shall pass! The wordwas so clear that I aborted the idea of going anywhere else in search of what I needed that day and drove straight home. I went home with full confidence in God, that he will multiply what we already have. His peace overshadowed me that I just did not care anymore (in a good way). Days later he led us to the right location, right on time and today, there is no lack in our pantry because God provided everything that we needed. We can truly say that we laughed in the face of calamity because God is with us, and he will continue to sustain us.
Let us pray: Lord I repent of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Thank you for sustaining my family and I during this time of crisis. Thank you for food, water and for meeting all our basic needs in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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