January 18, 2015 – The Disaster of Greener Pastures

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“It’s better to experience a famine in the midst of God’s will than to indulge at the world’s table in disobedience” –Kenneth Kuykendall

In the book of Ruth, we find the story of a man who left Bethlehem-Judah and entered into Moab.  During the midst of a famine, Elimelech packed up everything he owned and began searching for greener pastures.  His intention was to stay in Moab just for a brief period of time, but the overnight trip kept him out of his homeland for the rest of his life.

Ironically, Elimelech left Bethlehem-Judah, the House of Bread, in search for bread in Moab, which is known as the Wash Pot. He left the place where God would provide and found “greener pastures” in a pagan, polytheistic land.  Elimelech failed to trust God for provision and took matters into his own hands.  As a result, the greener pastures of Moab turned into a graveyard.  Elimelech died, and so did his two sons, Mahlon and Chilion.

This man, whose name actually means God is my king, became his own king. He left his wife Naomi and two daughters-in-law all alone in a foreign land with a bitter, broken spirit.  The greener pastures turned out to be a great disaster.  The legacy of Elimelech is an unfortunate testimony of a man who valued the pleasures of the world over the will of God.

It’s better to experience a famine in the midst of God’s will than to sit at the world’s table in disobedience and rebellion.  Greener pastures are never as green as you think.


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