Silence the voice of discouragement – Ruth 1: 14 – 19a
Charles Spurgeon, the great 19th c. preacher wrote about himself and his colleagues
Fits of depression come over the most of us … The strong are not always vigorous, the wise not always ready, the brave not always courageous, and the joyous not always happy …
…Such was my experience when I first became a pastor in London. My success appalled me; and the thought of the career which it seemed to open up, so far from elating me, cast me into the lowest depth … Who was I that I should continue to lead so great a multitude?
General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army found himself on more than one occasion with feelings of hopelessness. Writing to his wife, Catherine, he said:
I wonder whether I could not get something to do in London of some kind, some secretaryship or something respectable that would keep us going. I know how things are to obtain without friends or influence, as I am fixed. But we must hope against hope, I suppose.
It seems that every person who ever achieved anything battled at some point with discouragement.
Discouragement is on this path of destiny, of getting to your ‘there’ in God. You will meet it and when you do you need to know how to silence it so that it does not overwhelm you.
Naomi had said “Go back home ..” v8
All three of them cried openly and loudly. Naomi then says “Return home …” v11 and again in v12 “Return home …” They all weep again and Orpah kisses Naomi goodbye.
Ruth is being discouraged by Naomi. She is feeling pain and loss. Over the next few days we will see how Ruth silenced the voice of discouragement?