Family-wise, Elimelech was a husband to Naomi. A father to his two sons, Mahlon and Chilion.
They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah.
The name Elimelech in Hebrew means “My God is King”.
Ephrah means “Fruitful”.
Bethlehem means “House of Bread”.
Judah means “Praise”.
These details are very significant to the depth of understanding we are about to unveil in this teaching.
As we properly establish the identity of Elimelech, we need to understand that, although not specifically stated, the meaning of his name denotes that he honored God or at least had an understanding of the potential influence of God over a life– for his name means “My God is King”. When it comes to any and every decision made, our identity plays a major role. Your understanding of “who” you are and “whose” you are will influence the decisions you make. For Elimelech, he understood that God is his king. But when it came to making a decision, was God king over his decision making?
Another aspect of identity we see here is this – Elimelech came from a fruitful land, a house of bread and place of praise. Everything around him symbolized abundance and plenty. For the fact that it was not tangibly expressed at the time when his decision was made does not mean that it will never find expression. Amen.
These are very key points to note about the place of identity in decision making. The understanding of who you are and whose you are and the influence of the immediate environment affect decision making. When you profess God as King of your life, do you mean it? If so, how does his kingship affect your decision making? If your environment has potential of abundance and plenty, do you allow temporal lack to affect your decisions? I want you to think about it.