Naomi’s outlook on life, although grounded in God’s sovereignty, was not hopeful; thus she asked to be renamed “Mara” which means “bitter”. Her experiences were not unlike Job’s, but her perspective resembled that of Job’s wife. She had missed the blessing that was in front of her.
Questions for further thought:
1. In what ways have you let bitterness draw you away from the Lord and His blessing?
2. Think about your answer to #1. How could you go about changing these things today?
Challenge: When you face bitter times, God welcomes your honest prayers, but be careful not to overlook the love, strength, and resources that He provides in your present relationships. Don’t allow bitterness and resentment to blind you to opportunities.
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