Empty to Full
“I went out full, and the LORD has brought me home again empty” (Ruth 1.21 NKJV).
A drought hit Bethlehem, so Naomi traveled with her husband and their two sons to a foreign town to live. By the time Naomi returned to her hometown, she was empty. Her husband and two sons had died, and only one daughter-in-law, Ruth, remained with her. Naomi changed her name to Mara (bitter), because she believed God was dealing negatively with her. But what she didn’t realize was that she was being adopted into the royal line of David and eventually Jesus. God allowed Naomi to lose everything she held dear because He was about to bless her with His abundance, including the Messiah who died for us. God will empty us when He’s ready to fill us. The process of emptying is different for each of us, but we can remain joyful and confident that we will be filled with more of God’s Spirit (the Holy Spirit), the Giver of all things — power, guidance, comfort, health, strength, understanding, wisdom, freedom, love, acceptance, peace, grace, glory, resources, purpose, fellowship, blessings and eternal life.
“And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him” (Ruth 4.15 NKJV).