And she said unto them, 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 KJV
What caught my attention is the ascription of all what happened to Jehovah. Did God do this? The life we have is a consequence of our choices. They walked way when things were tough. The enemy got them in his territory and exacted upon them. I don’t think Naomi was trying to put God in a spot. It was the general understanding at their time that God was responsible for everything. God is not responsible for evil..James1:13; 1John1:5. Don’t buy into the crude interpretation of Isa.4:5-7. The New American Standard Bible has already cleared that up. The devil is responsible for evil. The irony of life is that Naomi means pleasant, so she insisted on being called Mara, which means bitter, because of her circumstance. Hear me, the situation will change if God is involved. He is too good to let you slide. He is called Jehovah, the all sufficient God. Someone says, ” According to one derivation of the word, “He who is All Sufficient,” all sufficing; the God who gives all things in abundance is He who takes back ?” Think about that for a while. If you concentrate on the tragedy, you may miss the lesson in the next and concluding verse. They arrived home to Bethlehem-Judah at the beginning of the barley harvest. While in Moab, things had changed. Thank God they didn’t miss their season, so will you. Don’t buy into the devil, things are growing again.