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.”
The second reason I see, why Orpah didn’t accomplish her mission is Logic.
2. LOGIC: Naomi painted a very graphic reason why they should give up and go back. She was very logical and analytical. She told them that if they follow her and she got married (provided she gets a husband quickly), they definitely can’t wait for her to give birth and if they wait, how many years will it take for the son (if she gives birth to a male child) to grow up. Will the child even agree to marry them when he grows up?
To top it all she said she has entered menopause. Logic tells us that all the odds were against them, so it is only imperative for them to go back. Orpah followed the voice of logic and gave up. I know you went to school and your mind is active but I want you to know that in following God, NOT EVERYTHING WILL MAKE SENSE!
If you wait for God to make sense before you obey, you will never make a headway with Him. For example He said:
Isaiah 54:1 “Sing O barren, thou that didst not bear break forth into singing, and cry aloud thou that didst not travail with child…”
Imagine that? How do you tell a barren woman to sing and rejoice for her to get pregnant? That defiles logic.
How do you tell the weak to say he is strong? How do you tell the poor to say he is rich? That’s not logical.
The things of God most times defiles logic. Orpah was logical but missed out at the end. Don’t let your analysis lead to paralysis!
To be continued…
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