January 29th 2016
Naomi Went From Joy To Bitterness
And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. (Ruth 1:20 KJV)
The “she” in this scripture verse is Naomi. She was acknowledging the recent difficulties in her life had come from the hand of God. She understood that God had dealt bitterly with her. Recent events had left a mark on her life, causing her to desire to be called Mara rather than Naomi.
The name Naomi means joy but the name Mara means bitter. She had gone from great joy to bitterness and trouble in her life.
Naomi had recently arrived in Bethlehem where she and her late husband were well known and respected. She requested not to be called by Naomi, but rather asked to be called “Mara.”
Naomi and her late husband had left Bethlehem and fled to Moab during a famine, potentially a decision made by her husband which went against the will of God . Events started to take a turn for the worse in their lives from this pivotal point onward. Naomi husband died, their two sons married Moabite women, both her sons died, and she was left with her two kind daughter in laws but was still alone in this world.
Though these women were pleasant to her, her immediate circumstances were bitter and a troublesome time.
Naomi reflected upon the hand of God working in her life in these troubling times and desired to be called Mara because of it. She looked to God for direction, new purpose, and to restore joy to her life.