Last time we saw that the family of Elimelech and Naomi was a Prodigal Family, they were backsliders, who left the people of God and the blessing of God for greener fields of Moab.
And that's what bitterness often does. When a root of bitterness springs up in your heart and before you know it-your joy is gone, your fellowship with God is interrupted. A root of bitterness will poison your life.
Now I'm sure Naomi could justify her bitterness in her own mind. In the space of just a couple opening verses of our story she loses her husband and her only children.
Naomi knew everyone at the funeral home in Moab.
Maybe you feel like that. This past week, we went down to Raleigh for Karie's grandfather's funeral. So the girls went to their first viewing, first funeral, first graveside.
A few hours after the funeral, our sister-in-law Blair whose only 30 years old and was raised in a single parent home with her mom, watched her mother slip into eternity. Karie's brother was sitting in at the funeral meal for his grandfather when he had to rush up to the hospital as his mother-in-law died. So Karie is staying with the kids to go to another funeral home, another viewing, another graveside.
You don't expect to meet with a funeral director twice in one year, much less one week. But that's what happened to Naomi in 5 short verses.
Many people are bitter because they've lost a loved one. Or maybe you're bitter because you've lost your job, or lost your house. Maybe you're losing your hair, or you're losing your friends, or losing your health. And pretty soon you let that loss turn into bitterness