Sunday, April 11, 2010

If it weren’t for bad news, there’d be no news at all.

If it weren’t for bad news, there’d be no news at all.
That is the name of an old Country and Western song.
It could have been written by Naomi...

Ruth 1:1 "In the days when the judges ruled in Israel, a severe famine came upon the land."

The book starts with bad news. Really bad news. Sort of like where we are today in our country...

"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. 2 The man’s name was Elimelech, and his wife was Naomi. Their two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in the land of Judah. And when they reached Moab, they settled there.

3 Then Elimelech died, and Naomi was left with her two sons"

The bad news gets worse. Where is God in all of this? These folks were sincere believers. Did God not care?

4 "The two sons married Moabite women. One married a woman named Orpah, and the other a woman named Ruth. But about ten years later, 5 both Mahlon and Kilion died."

So the bad news got even worse.

"This left Naomi alone, without her two sons or her husband."

She started the story with bad economic news. Then her husband dies. Then her two sons die.

If it weren’t for bad news, there’d be no news at all.

Do you ever feel that way?

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