Riches Among Us

2 03 2013

I am doing a study in the Book of Ruth. It is only four chapters, but loaded with life drama and deep truths for thought. A woman named Naomi is mourning her husband and two sons, so she decides to return to her little town of Bethlehem. Being a widow in a male-dominated society is hard enough, being a foreigner would add to the difficulty of her situation. Her decision to return was for survival as well as for security. She takes with her a gal named Ruth, who would not leave her mother-in-law. Ruth decided to be a foreign widow in a male-dominated society, just to care for Naomi until she died. At that time, all people from her nation were not permitted to cross the border. (I guess she became an undocumented alien!).

Upon her return, the town’s residence were shocked at her appearance and disposition. Naomi’s reply to their astonishment was… “Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?” (Ruth 1:20-21)

No doubt, Naomi faced a hard life of poverty, and grief. She was a “widow indeed” (1 Timothy 5:5); but she was rich. She had Ruth. Ruth would not only be her future meal ticket, she would be the great-grandmother of King David and be placed in the blood line of Jesus! She was rich, but didn’t see it. She had an immense treasure right in front of her eyes but missed it because she was looking at what she did not have.

How often do we miss out on seeing riches because we are focused on circumstances? We miss the value of parents, children, pastors, friends, teachers, neighbors, or employers because they are always there. Or perhaps we evaluate wealth by the amount of decimal points after a dollar sign. Instead of getting bitter at God because of what we do not have, take inventory of the true riches you have right in front of you.

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