Elimelech. His very name made a statement of faith—”My God is King.” Indeed, it was a confession of trust in God’s sovereignty over all circumstances and situations. Elimelech. What a wonderful name! Unfortunately, names do not always reflect the hearts of men. As we studied together last Sunday, Elimelech’s actions did not demonstrate his trust in God as King. In the midst of famine, the “man from Bethlehem, Judah” moved his family to the land of Moab in order to find a piece of bread. Instead of turning to the Lord for provision, he turned to the enemy. Think of it. God’s child entered pagan territory and relied upon pagan sustenance! How unfathomable!
But aren’t there days when we seem to forsake the reality that “My God is King” by placing our faith in worldly provision? With each step we take toward Moab, we journey farther away from the Lord and His work. I know, I know. We must provide for our families. We must find bread to feed our children. I understand that, but I also know that we can rationalize any of our actions. My word to you is that we should be more concerned with our family’s spiritual well-being than we are its material progression. It is not worth making a few more dollars if it requires you to relinquish the spiritual leadership of your family. In truth, it is not worth introducing Moabite practices and philosophies within your household.
Men, I believe we have a special obligation to guard our families and keep them out of Moab. It is a tough assignment; yet, He empowers us in the task. As a church, we seek to equip you in the work through consistent study, prayer, and encouragement. For example, Men’s Retreat coming up on January 30-February 1 at Seeker Springs will challenge you to be who God wants you to be. I have heard tremendous things about this retreat’s impact upon men’s lives, and I encourage you to be a part of it. We have only forty spots available; and within the next week, those will be opened to others in Ruston. Act quickly to secure your place for that life-changing weekend.
God is doing some great things among us, and I believe He is going to do even greater things as we move through the end of the year and into 2020. The staff and I have sought the Lord, and I look forward to presenting what we believe He is challenging us to accomplish in the next few months. Pray for me as I prepare myself and us for that work. See you Sunday!