Blaming God

Re: Verse reading-Ruth 1:1-19 (day six)
“The hand of the Lord has turned against me.” (v 14)  We are all  prone to it.  I don’t know why.  Rather than look at our own choices and attitudes, we tend to blame God for the outcomes of our lives.  Naomi is a believer.  Her early faith influenced  Ruth.  But the death of her husband and then her sons has changed her, caused her to believe that God has turned against her,  become her adversary.  Strange logic.  It was not God who sent the Elimelech family to Moab.  It is not God who sponsored death into the world.  Thankfully, Naomi will soon return to her original faith.  At the end of the story, a grandson is born to Naomi and hope is reborn.  It will be a Job-like moment for Naomi.  “I have declared that which I did not understand. . .I retract, and repent.” (Job 42:3,6)  May it be so for all who blame God.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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