God’s Word is amazing! The Word of God shows the good, bad and ugly of all humans. God hides nothing. He exposes the details of our strengths as well as the dirt and grit of our blemishes.
Ruth 1:20-21 – “Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.”
Naomi had experienced severe hardship. She had left Israel married and secure, but when she returned, she was a widow, childless and poor. Naomi held nothing back from God. She expressed her unedited thoughts to Him about her anguish and her bitterness.
Life can take us down the road of bitterness just as it did for Naomi. We can feel cheated by the circumstances and situations that are out of our control.
Hatred and bitterness are like weeds with long roots that grow in the heart and corrupt all of life. Hebrews 12:15 – See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
Bitterness springs up in our hearts and overshadows even our deepest Christian relationships. A “bitter root” comes when we allow disappointment to grow into resentment, or when we nurse grudges over past hurts. Bitterness brings with it jealousy, dissension, and immorality.
As Bobby and I have traveled this road of pot holes, detours, dirt and gravel, we have cried out to the Lord to take this pain from us. We have examined our hearts and motives concerning the circumstances surrounding the situations that have caused our hearts to crumble into a million pieces.
God brought great blessings out of Naomi’s tragedy. Throughout her misery, she continued to trust God. In His time, God blessed Naomi more than she could even imagine.
Bobby and I have seen what destruction bitterness can and has caused. We do not want that poison in our hearts. Just as Naomi was brutally honest with God, we too have come boldly and honestly before God about our emotions, brokenness, grief, sorrow and pain.
Isaiah 61:7 – Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs.
Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
God is able to turn every circumstance around for our, His child’s, long range good.