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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab.
This is the story of a Jewish man named Elimelek and his wife Naomi. Together they took their two sons and left the Promised Land in a time of famine, and moved to the heathen country of Moab, “For A While.” After ten years of staying in the devil’s territory “For A While,” Naomi returned home, minus her husband who had died. She also went back without her two sons, both of whom had died. And of her two daughters-in-law, only Ruth moved back with Naomi.
Wow! Here was a man who was well intentioned, I’m sure. Elimelek looked over his homeland, wracked with famine, and probably said, “I hear they’re eating in Moab.” Moab was undeniably the territory of the devil if you were of Jewish descent. These two nations were bitter enemies as long as you read of them. But sometimes, things get so bad at home that HELL looks appealing. Even so, Elimelek determined it would only be “For A While.” How many times have I heard that? I’m going to step out on my spouse, “For A While.” Or, I’m going to see what I’ve been missing in the “Club Life,” “For A While.” I could go on and on with the scenarios, but it’s true. Few people take a right turn into something foreign to them, forever. They start out “For A While.” However, if one is not careful “For A While” can actually lead to death, as in the case of Elimelek and his sons. I suppose the best advice would be to get out of Moab while you can! Trust me, it’s almost impossible to check out the enemy’s territory … “for JUST a while.”
Thank You for getting me out of the enemy’s territory long ago. With Your help, I’m never going back! Amen