Life Lessons: Do Your Surroundings Show Faith? (Ruth 1:1)
“And a certain man of Bethlehem Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife, and his two sons.” Ruth 1:1
Elimelech, a struggling Israelite, decided to make some rash decisions based on economic woes, which ultimately left his family in dire straits. As a Jewish man, he knew the risks of moving to Moab, a land filled with idolatry. He instead, embraced the potential for economic gain in the face of a famine in the land of Judah.
The result? His sons married Moabite women and his family disobeyed the Lord (Deut 7:3-4). By surrounding themselves with temptation and sin, Elimelech set himself and his family up for failure, not success. Disobedience never brings about prosperity in the Lord! Naomi, Elimelech’s wife, would be left to witness the Lord’s judgment on their family for their poor decisions of unfaithfulness (Ruth 1:13). The result? A lost husband, two lost sons and three widows.
Where has your life taken you? We can easily find ourselves in what seems like a very hopeless situation if we don’t protect our life and our faith. The decisions made by Elimelech led to idolatry and disobedience before the Lord. His family placed hope in the seen instead of the unseen and chased economic prosperity in the land of Moab, a land of sin, instead of holding steadfast to God and His deliverance in Judah.
Let’s be encouraged today to place our roots in a healthy environment, surrounding ourselves with godly people, knowing God will provide for us, as He is faithful. We don’t need to consider compromise in faith; it’s not an option. Stay loyal to God! He will bless us for obedience and faithfulness. Chasing ungodly opportunities, could lead to moral failure. Consider the ramifications of where you choose to live and work. It could have lasting consequences, which seem enticing and fruitful in the short run but lead to eternal death and destruction.