20, But she said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. 21, I went out full, and the LORD has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the LORD has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?”
A rattlesnake will sometimes become so angry when it is cornered that it will end up biting itself. Harboring resentment against others is sometimes like this, a biting of oneself. We think we are harming others by holding on to these hates. Yet bitterness does more harm to the container in which it is stored than to the container in which it is poured.
Naomi faced the challenge of bitterness. She was convinced that God was her enemy, accusing Him of causing her grief. She expressed this sentiment when she demanded a name-change from Naomi which meant “pleasant” to Mara, meaning “bitter.” Her reality had been skewed by her pain. Yet she would finally discover that God was her ally and not her adversary.
Life’s misfortunes should not be attributed to God. Tragedy is a part of life’s journey. We live in a fallen world, which means misfortune is unavoidable. Yet it does not mean that God is its cause. It does not mean that God is judging you. Approach life with a balanced perspective. Approach life from a viewpoint that reflects God as your advocate rather than your adversary!