Ruth 1:7 “Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.”

Ruth 1:15 “And she said Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.”

Naomi, Orpah and Ruth all set out for Judah but only two of them arrived. Orpah started a journey but didn’t complete it, she didn’t accomplish her mission. In the same way, many people start out well in life and in different ventures but they didn’t get to the finishing line.

Taking a critical look at these three women I discovered that Orpah had a major challenge. I discovered this from her name. The word Orpah means to drop down, Gazelle and fleeing foe. It is obvious that people with this features never completes anything in life.

People infected with the Orpah syndrome already start out a venture from a disadvantaged position. Orpah means a gazelle or an antelope. It is noted that this animal is fleet footed and very quick. It is a very nervous animal that is highly unsettled and never stays in a place.

Orpah also means to drop down or drop out. If you’re always dropping down or dropping out, you’ll never be able to hold unto anything in life. To make matters worse, Orpah also means a fleeing foe or enemy!

To finish anything in life you must have a calm spirit. A spirit that never gives up no matter what. If you’re fleet footed and nervous you’ll always give up before you arrive at your destination. You must never allow the Orpah syndrome catch up with you.

If we have benefit of hindsight and we ask Orpah why she gave up the mission, I’m sure she’ll easily give us some interesting reasons. If you ask any failure why he or she failed, they’ll easily give you enough “valid reasons” why they gave up.

To be continued…

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