“And she said to them, “Don’t call me Naomi, which means pleasant, call me Mara, which means bitter, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.” Ruth 1:20 (Amplified)
That seems to often be the response when bad things happen. God is mad at me, or I have done something wrong. Even if I don’t feel that way sometimes others think that, take Job’s friends for instance. They tried to convince him he must have done something wrong for all the bad stuff that happened to him.
Now obviously if you have been living outside of God’s will, that could affect your life by the consequences of those bad choices. We also should examine our life daily to make sure that we are living a life that is pleasing to God. That being said, bad things happen to good people, godly people, people walking with the Lord. Why?
You aren’t going to like the answer, but neither do I, sometimes we don’t know why. That’s what faith is all about, WE don’t know, but God does.
In this story Naomi goes back home after losing her husband and two sons. She feels she must have done something wrong or God doesn’t like her. As we read through the book of Ruth though, we will find out differently.