Even scripture was careful on how it associated the event that occurred when the judges ruled to the identity of Elimelech. I say so because, sand witched between the establishing of his identity in scripture, are the surrounding factors with great potential of affecting his identity and decision.
Ruth 1:1-2 (NIV)
In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.
Scripture was careful to not associate Elimelech’s identity with
- The influence of the Judges rule.
- The famine of the land.
- The country of Moab where idol worship was the order of the day.
- His decision to go and live in Moab with his family.
When it comes to decision making and identity; understand that societal factors press on every side of our identity but it is up to us to look at those situations in the eyes and say “yes” or “no”.
So, my question to you today is this, do you know who you are? Do you know whose you are? Have you identified the surrounding factors pressing on your identity and demanding a change that you will not otherwise make? Think about these questions, realign yourself and be determined not to compromise. Amen!