I like quick wins, i’m a bit impatient and i can tend to be a literal – “what you see is what you get” type person. None of these personality traits were my friend this week and I was blessed for it.
1 In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. 2 The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. 3 But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons.4 These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years, 5 and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband. Ruth 1:1-5
At first glance these 5 verses appear to be a simple intro to the story ahead laying out how this woman Naomi got to where she is now. There was a drought. Her husband said lets roll out this place. They did. Her sons got married. Her husband dies. Her sons die. Its just her and her daughter-in-laws.
“Just the facts Mam” so thank you and i can get on with the rest of what God is saying. Nope. Pause. Slow down. There is lots there and the study made me do that – All. Week. Because all this week we looked at the same 5 verses. And you know what? It was amazing!
From looking at these five verses God challenged me, again, about the Idols i have in my life. I was challenged and encouraged in the areas of fear, faith, obedience, grace and the truth to still praise Him in the mist of Hardship. Wow!
I was also reminded of how much I do love studying His Word, my flesh wants it easy but my soul longs to dig into scripture and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to me through it. When I slow down in His Word, study the history and background of what was going on then, it opens my eyes to see things and understand things that I would not at first glance. It can do that for you too.
I’ve done Biblical Interpretation before, heck i’ve even taught college students how to do it a few times on Summer Mission trips, but sometimes we need a guide leading us and reminding us to ask questions we didn’t think to ask and look places we didn’t think look. That’s what this Bible Study is doing for me and I pray it can do that for you – if you would like to see, click here to purchase it.
How have you been challenged in your times with the Lord? In what ways do you think you need to slow down in your times with Him?