N is for Naomi.
Scripture Reference:The book of Ruth.
Meaning of Name:"My joy," "my bliss," or "pleasantness of Jehovah"
Family Connections:Widow of Elimelech, mother of two sons, mother-in-law of Ruth and Orpah and grandmother to Obed.
Interesting Facts about Naomi:
- Naomi was sincere in her faith.
- Naomi's husband moved the family to Moab due to a famine in their homeland.
- She found herself in a strange land with foreign worship.
- Naomi's husband, Elimelech, died in Moab.
- Both of Naomi's sons died in Moab.
- Naomi was deeply loved by her daughters-in-law.
- Naomi returned to her native land of Bethlehem upon hearing that God had provided food there.
- Her faithful daughter-in-law, Ruth, begged to go back to Bethlehem with her and Naomi agreed.
- Naomi returned to Bethlehem empty and bitter.
- Upon her return to Bethlehem, she tells the women there to call her Mara which means "bitter."
- Naomi saw her life as bitter because of the death of her husband and sons, her dislocation in a foreign land, and her poverty.
- She thought the hand of the Lord was against her.
- Naomi advised Ruth in the steps leading up to Ruth's marriage to Boaz.
- Naomi once again utters words of blessing with the name of the Lord added, showing that her heart was turning from the bitterness that consumed her.
- Naomi's bitterness turns to joy upon the birth of her grandson, Obed, who becomes the grandfather of King David.
What We Can Learn from Naomi:
- Seasons come and go in a woman's life.
- We can choose to remain faithful to God throughout the ups and downs of life.
- Do not let a root of bitterness take place in our hearts.
- We can find hope once again that will lift us up out of a bitter attitude.
- We can have a positive influence in the lives of younger women as we take them under our wing to guide them.
- Our character and faith can be a witness to others around us.
- We can always return home.
- God has a divine purpose in everything.
- God's covenant love never ends.
- Even the bleakest of situations can turn out for our good when entrusted to the hands of our loving God.
|Naomi, Obed and Ruth (Emile Levy, 1859)|
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