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THEN ELIMELECH DIED

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Main Scriptures: Ruth 1:1-5

More Scriptures: Ps.23:1, Is.30:21, Rev.1:10

I love the opening Bible passages of the Book of Ruth. Prior to when I wrote the devotional for today, the Book of Ruth majorly centered on the person of Ruth, her experiences and restoration. But when I just slipped open the Book again, the Person of the Holy Spirit, opened my eyes to another dimension of insight. And I want to share it with you.

In the days when the judges ruled in Israel, a severe famine came upon the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah left his home and went to live in the country of Moab, taking his wife and two sons with him. The man’s name was Elimelech and his wife was Naomi……and when they reached Moab, they settled there. Then Elimelech died……But ten years later both Mahlon and Kilion died (Ruth1:1-5)

There was severe famine in the land where the husband of Naomi resided the same way there was famine in the time of Isaac (Gen. 26:1-3). Elimelech took his wife and two sons and departed to a place he believed there was no severe famine. Sadly, both he and his two sons died in the land where he thought they would have plenty. The lesson here for you and I is very simple. Our sheep will always follow us and what we do affect them either positively or negatively. It is for this reason that as the shepherd over your wife and children, there is the need for you to seek the face of God for direction. It is true that you are the head of the family. It is also true that you call the shot in your family fold.

However, you must appreciate that you are limited. Only God sees the end from the beginning. The word of God tells us in the Book of Revelation that He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End (Rev.1:11). And if you allow God to lead you, you will not thirst or lack. You will also not compromise your faith in Jesus.

Let God lead you, and you will find that leading your wife and children is an exciting experience.

SPIRITUAL EXERCISE

  • Father, in the Name of Jesus, lead me in the way that I should go.
  • Father, in the Name of Jesus, please give me a humble spirit and help me to continually acknowledge You as my Shepherd.
  • Father, in the Name of Jesus, give me hearing ears and seeing eyes that I may know when and how to lead my wife and children.

FAITH CONFESSION

I commit my ways to God, my Shepherd because that is the assurance I have to make my calling profitable as the good shepherd to my wife and children in Jesus name. Amen.


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