Ruth 1:2 “And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.”
Beloved, stand your ground and never allow your pleasant things become unpleasant. In your quest for success in order to produce results or birth your dreams, don’t produce Mahlon and Chilion. Watch your company!
Elimelech degenerated so low that he started keeping company with weakness and destruction unnoticed.
Friend, when you’re in “Naomi” (a pleasant place) don’t get carried away. Don’t let the sweetness of the land stop your affinity with God. Don’t let the comfort God gave you become a stumbling block between you two.
Elimelech didn’t just end up in Moab, there must have been a progression. James gave us this process:
James 1:14 “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”
James 1:15 “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” (KJV)
James 1:15 “Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer.” (MSG)
The backsliding process starts up with temptation which in many cases we feel we can control. The temptation graduates into lust, which are unholy desires and affections. It then moves to the level of sin by conception. Sin finally births death.
I still can’t imagine a God fearing man like Elimelech gave birth and name the children destruction, sickness and so on. Everything around him was pleasant but he became too comfortable and lost it.
His problem started from the first son he gave birth to. The name Mahlon means to become weak. Elimelech became weak.
Beloved, you end up in a wrong company when you become weak in the place of prayer, worship, fasting, word study and fellowship. When you’re becoming weak spiritually seek help.
Never allow the fire on your altar go off. Don’t end up in Moab!
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