Your Deepest Identity
Sunday, March 26 - 4th Sunday in Lent
Sinners to Saints: Becoming Who God Sees - Lent Sermon Series
Ruth 1:16-22 (NRSV)
But Ruth said, "Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; Where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die - there will I be buried. May the LORD do thus and so to me, and more as well, if even death parts me from you!" When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.
So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they came to Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them; and the women said, "Is this Naomi?" She said to them, "Call me no longer Naomi, call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt bitterly with me. I went away full, but the LORD has brought me back empty; why call me Naomi when the LORD has dealt harshly with me, and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?"
So Naomi returned together with Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, who came back with her from the country of Moab. They came to Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.
In this passage, we will look at the story of Naomi in the book of Ruth to see how in a time of deep distress she relied not on what her circumstances and surroundings said about her, but she trusted in what God said about her. Through Naomi's experience we will see the difference it can make in trusting God for our deepest identity.
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