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If You Can Read This, God Is Not Finished

When life takes an unexpected turn, it can easily change our perspective. If the turn results in a loss or unfavorable change, our attitude can be rid of joy and hope. In Ruth 1:19-22, Naomi moves back to her hometown a world weary widow. Her husband died, and just a few years after, her two sons passed away as well.

Naomi felt alone and abandoned by everyone who loved her. So when she returned to Bethlehem, she changed her name from Naomi, which means pleasant, to Mara because she claimed the Lord made her life bitter. She changed her name from “pleasant” to “bitter” because of her circumstances.

It is hard not to dwell on difficult times and hardships, but the way to get through tough times is by concentrating on Jesus, not our circumstances. If you’re not dead, God is not done.

Later in Ruth 4, God restores Naomi’s life by giving her a new family. When Naomi returned home, she could not have known all that God would give her. But God is always faithful to His sons and daughters. He wants to bless us more than we could imagine. We can trust God through every hardship, because no matter what’s happening around us, God is still God and God is still good.


  • How do you respond in tough times?
  • What is one step you can take to focus more on Jesus in those times?

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