Go back?

Re: Verse reading–Ruth 1:1-19 (day seven)
“Go back each of you. . .Turn back, my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. . .and bear sons.” (v 8, 12)  At one level it seems unselfish of Naomi.  She doesn’t want to be a burden to her daughters-in-law.  At another level, it is very unwise of her to speak to them this way.  “Go back”?  What was she thinking?  She was thinking of herself and her own limited capacities!  Note her focus.  I am too old to have a husband.  I cannot give you sons to marry.  Maybe you recognize the trap of the enemy.  Whenever we focus on ourselves and our own resources the path of faith appears impossible.  Only as the God of glory and mercy and infinite creativity comes into view are we led to follow forward with our eyes on Him.  “With God all things are possible.”  (Matthew 19:26)  Shall we go back?  No!  Forward!

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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