“…there was a famine in the land.”-Ruth 1:1
In life, it is a fact that we experience “seasons of famine.” There will be moments where it seems God’s throne is vacant, and His blessings scarce. Elimelech experienced such a season. Without regard for the Lord’s guidance, this man packed up his family and settled in an area he was not supposed to be. Elimelech intended to provide for the family, yet he did it at the expense of losing blessings from God. His decision was noble, but his motive was wrong. He made it with a heart of self-preservation, not reliance on provisions from God. As a result, Elimelech and his sons died and left their wives destitute.
A once godly family ended up living in Moab for ten years, a place no Jew was to be found. “At the end of that decade of disobedience,” wrote Wiersbe, “all that remained were three lonely widows and three Jewish graves in a heathen land. Everything else was gone. Such is the sad consequence of unbelief.” When we live in disobedience producing unbelief, we will never enjoy the complete blessings of our Maker.
It is true; our Heavenly Father does move us from one place to another. You can be sure, however, He will never send us into spaces leaving us to provide for ourselves. God will never draw us out of His will. No, we make those decisions all on our own. We should never settle where He has not sent us.
Faith placed in anything other than God is foolishness. Attempting to take care of ourselves at the risk of being out of His will is selfishness and demonstrates a lack of faith in Him as the provider. The Psalmist said, “I have been young, and now I am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, or his descendants begging bread” (Psalm 37:25). As a Christian, it is imperative to remain in God’s will, even in the face of adversity. Remember to put the Lord’s will first, “and all these things shall be added unto you.”
“But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”– Acts 20:24