Trouble in Paradise
Have you ever found yourself in a place where you felt happy, settled, satisfied, thankful and sure you were in a good place, the place where God wants to be and then suddenly trouble comes your way?
That was Abraham's story. God called him out from among his kin and sent him out to "a land that I will show you".😳 God threw in a sweetener, "I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing."😁
Without questioning God, Abraham set off with his wife, his nephew, his servants and possessions for and arrived in the land of Canaan which was the land God showed him. He was walking in obedience to God, God had promised to give the land of Canaan to him and his descendants, Abraham seemed to be in a good place. So what could go wrong?
Well, famine or a drought hit the land! Abraham was not spared. He and his household and his flock found themselves smack in the middle of a drought. Errm, that does not sound like what God promised! 😶 So Abraham left for Egypt where there there were greener pastures. What ensued in Egypt is not my focus today.
Years later, another man named Elimelech found himself in a similar situation where his hometown called Bethlehem which means "house of bread" which signifies fruitfulness was hit with famine. (Ruth 1). He did as his ancestor Abraham did. He took his family and went to live among pagans.
Many a time we think that because we are born again or doing God's work or living in obedience to His word, all should go well with us. It does not always happen and many of us struggle to handle difficult situations and as a result fall away or stop being zealous for God. As you may know, God has not promised us a trouble free life. He promises us His presence His guidance and ultimate victory.
May God give us grace and strength to stand firm and in trust when we experience periods of famine, trouble. darkness and confusion on our journey with Him. And in such times may we remember to do as David did in 2 Samuel 21:1: he sought the face of the Lord regarding the famine in the land.