Pastor Ramiro Sagastume.
God has said everything is going to be fine, and we believe it. Since we knew this would be the year of repose, we learned that we need to make an effort to receive that repose. When there is a storm, we can feel like we are dying. Some synonyms of storm are adversity, misfortune, devastation, and earthquake. Something common in this events is that they come without warning. Likewise, storms come to our lives.
Jeremiah 18:4 (NASB)says, “But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.”
The vessel was spoiled in his own hands, and he uses it to make another one. When we face the trial, God does not takes us to another place, but He destroys our life and rebuilds it. Let’s not run away from the things that God brings to our lives, because He has a purpose. We have to learn why we are facing the trial. The Bible says it is necessary that through a lot of tribulation, we enter into the kingdom of God.
Devastation to Naomi
Ruth 1:1 (JUB) states, “Now it came to pass in the days when the judges governed that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem of Judah went to sojourn in the fields of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.”
Bethlehem means “house of bread”. However, there was a famine there. This man decided to run away from the trial and sojourn in the fields, which represents the world, and we can see what happened in the following verses. We should not think of running away to the world.
We can see some aspects in this verse:
- There was no bread in Bethlehem.
- The baker did not leave the place.
- While there is a baker, we must stay in Bethlehem. This means we should not leave our spiritual house. There will problems, of course, but if our church was perfect, we would not be there.
Ruth 1:5 (NASB)shows, “Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died, and the woman was bereft of her two children and her husband.”
God started to devastate Naomi when her husband and children died.
Ruth 1:6 (NASB)says, “Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the land of Moab, for she had heard in the land of Moab that the Lord had visited His people in giving them food.”
Behind everything that God does, there is a divine plan. The plan that He had for Ruth involved Naomi. Every failure has a purpose. Of course, we are responsible if we stay in the place where we were defeated. We cannot just stay there, but make an effort to get the repose. We must let go what was left behind. Naomi, even she was devastated, let her feelings go.
Ruth 1:15-16 (NASB)says, “Then she said, ‘Behold, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her gods; return after your sister-in-law.’But Ruth said, ‘Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.’”
We must not go back. The devastation that Naomi had to go through was part of a plan God had for Ruth. We may be going through difficult times because God wants to save our family. We should not let anyone urge us to turn back.
The storm over the Shunammite woman
2 Kings 4:12-13 (NASB) states, “Then he said to Gehazi his servant, ‘Call this Shunammite.’ And when he had called her, she stood before him. He said to him, ‘Say now to her, ‘Behold, you have been careful for us with all this care; what can I do for you? Would you be spoken for to the king or to the captain of the army?’’ And she answered, ‘I live among my own people.’”
2 Kings 4:16 (NASB)shows, “Then he said, ‘At this season next year you will embrace a son.’ And she said, ‘No, my lord, O man of God, do not lie to your maidservant.’”
She knew she was infertile.
2 Kings 4:27 (NASB)says, “When she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught hold of his feet. And Gehazi came near to push her away; but the man of God said, “Let her alone, for her soul is [a]troubled within her; and the Lord has hidden it from me and has not told me.”
This woman gave birth to a child that died and her soul was distressed.
2 Kings 4:28 (NASB)states, “Then she said, ‘Did I ask for a son from my lord? Did I not say, ‘Do not deceive me’?’”
This woman served them with a great effort, but she had to face the trial and got disappointed. Many of us serve the Lord, and when tribulation comes, we get sad.
2 Kings 8:1 (NASB) says, “Now Elisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, ‘Arise and go with your household, and sojourn wherever you can sojourn; for the Lord has called for a famine, and it will even come on the land for seven years.’”
God restored the child’s life, but she had to face another trial.
2 Kings 8:5 (NASB)states, “As he was relating to the king how he had restored to life the one who was dead, behold, the woman whose son he had restored to life appealed to the king for her house and for her field. And Gehazi said, ‘My lord, O king, this is the woman and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.’”
God has a purpose for everything. Sometimes, we are going through a storm, but God will bless us at the right time.
2 Kings 8:6 (NASB)shows, “When the king asked the woman, she related it to him. So the king appointed for her a certain officer, saying, ‘Restore all that was hers and all the produce of the field from the day that she left the land even until now.’”
God will restore everything we had lost. There is a promise that He will restore even the lost time. He will restore our childhood and youth. Let’s forget the past wounds. The trial, the storm, and devastation are necessary things to bring out the good in us. We will get out of the desert when we learn what God wants us to learn.
Purposes of the storm
Matthew 8:24 (NASB)says, “And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep.”
In the midst of the storm, we should pray to wake Jesus up.
Acts 27:18 (NASB) states, “The next day as we were being violently storm-tossed, they began to jettison the cargo.”
There are some things we should get rid of, even the ones we love the most, so we can receive the blessing God has prepared for us. No matter how hard the trial is, God will take care of us. He has given us a future and a hope.