Powered by 4 - May 8, 2012

Blame Game

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Ruth 1   In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons...

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Based on what I see in Ruth 1, Naomi must have been an incredible mother-in-law. But, like each of us, Naomi wasn't perfect. She had flaws, and I say that because every time I read the Book of Ruth I notice (actually I'm bugged by) the way Naomi blames God for her circumstances. And, she isn't shy about it. The first time this happens is in verse 13, "it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me" and then in verses 20-21 she says this. "'Do not call me Naomi, call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi when the Lord has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?'"

So what's going on with Naomi here? And if we find ourselves with a similar mindset or attitude, what are some things we probably need to do to go about changing it? Tami W.

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