Ruth 1:20 “And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.”

In our previous meditations, we saw that the name Naomi means “pleasant”, “delight” and so on. That was her name before leaving for Moab; put differently, things were pleasant in her life and destiny but a temporary setback got her off to Moab, away from God and the Promised Land.

Beloved, any time spent away from the Almighty God will always end in “Mara”. Naomi said, “…Call me not Naomi, call me Mara…” The name Mara simply means “bitter”.

She left a pleasant place for an accused place called Moab. The devil is a master tactician, he knows that when you stay around God, certain benefits naturally accrues to you, hear these:

Psalms 91:1 “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

Psalms 91:2 “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust”

Psalms 91:3 “Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.”

Psalms 91:5 “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;”

When we stay around God, we enjoy benefits such as; protection, preservation from satanic entrapments, safety from diseases, arrows, death and so on. The enemy’s strategy is very simple; seduce him away from God and deal with him.

When you suddenly don’t “feel” like going to church, observing quiet time, doing personal worship, praying and fasting; don’t get comfortable, know that the devil is gradually taking you away from Bethlehem to Moab; from a pleasant place to an accused place and from goodness to bitterness.

Naomi told us that her time away from the God of Israel, had not been pleasant but bitter. You must beware of the seductions of the devil. He’s all out to turn your experiences from sweet to bitter.

May your name never change from Naomi to Mara, in Jesus’ name.

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