Don’t Run From Your Problems!

Posted: March 3, 2012 in Uncategorized


Don’t Run From Your Problems! Because Things Only Get Worse. I say this because what I seen so often are people when things get tuff they run they hide they avoid and this is never the heart of God.

We are not to be a people that we run from our problems. But we face them. We Deal with them. And I don’t if you’re a runner but that’s immaturity and God is a God that wants us to deal with our issues and problems and stand up to them and work them out. They only get worse when we run.

What so many do know a days when they have problems they run, avoid people de-friend people, Ignore people or just go to the world. or leave town or leave Church that is never a good idea . It doesn’t bring maturity

I want to show you what running does to a man or a woman or a teen ager or a family of God.

Ruth 1:1-5“Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. 2 The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion — Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to the country of Moab and remained there. 3 Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons. 4 Now they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years. 5 Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband.”NKJV

First of all I want us to know that this is one happy great family they are the people of God they were living in the country of Judah in the city of Bethlehem… It’s the place where Jesus was Born..

The bible says they moved from Bethlehem to Moab why because times Got hard there was a famine in the land there were issues arising and bad times going on.

This was one happy family you might say how do you know that.

Well first of all They lived in the country of Judah in Bethlehem, Judah means praise and Bethlehem means house of bread… Listen to me the house of God this church is the house of bread. It never pays leaving the house of bread..

We can see just by this they were happy but let’s look deeper their names say it all when people named there names it meant something.

First of all the dads name was Elimelech which means: God is my King..Wow

Moms name Naomi means Pleasant

The first sons name Mahlon means: Song

The second sons name Chilion means: Satisfaction

Put it all together this family was one where God was King and there was pleasantness and songs and satisfaction because they were in praise in the house of bread….

They were happy until they lift the house of bread and they went to Moab..

Moab means wash-pot it’s what God called it in Psalm 108 or in layman terms it means toilet….

They ran from their problems they ran from issues instead of sticking it out and calling and trusting God they left.

Know you might say how did they have problems in the house of bread the place of praise…. Because they started to drift from God.

They started to serve other God’s God was no longer important And in 2 Chronicles chapter 7 if they turned from God to serve other God’s they would go into a famine and dry times would come.

When problems stare us in the face we can basically respond in 1 of 3 ways:

1. We can face them and work thru them.

2. We can ignore them and pretend they’re not there.

3. We can run from them and try to avoid them.

However, Elimelech, whose name means “my God is King”, and especially his wife Naomi,

would painfully learn, “you should not run from your problems, because things may

only get worse.”

Transition: When times are tough and the days are difficult, rather than run from our

problems we should run to our God, we should believe His promises and we should trust His plan.

The book of Ruth provides it was “when the judges ruled (judged).” It was a time when “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” They were serving other Gods so a famine was in the land people were backsliding hunger was going on money was tight

Elimelech (v. 2, “My God is King”) decides the best course of

action is to run from the problem. He gathers up his wife Naomi and his 2 sons and he heads east for the expansive, grain filled plateau of Moab on the other side of the Dead Sea.

A reasonable decision, but not a faith decision. _ It disobeyed God’s directions. Moab was Israel’s enemy and the real

Guard Yourself From a Lack of Wisdom. 1:1-2

  • · Dwell in v. 1 means to live as a stranger, a visitor, to stay temporarily.
  • · Remain in v. 2 tells us Moab became Elimelech’s home!

Going to Moab disobeyed God’s directions. Staying in Moab both disregarded and invited

God’s discipline. Elimelech led his family poorly, and he and his family would suffer severely.

Application: Don’t pick up and run at the first sign of trouble. Ask yourself:

1).What does God’s Word say?

Most people don’t do this… God is never thought about

2). What is God trying to teach me?

  • · If things were bad in Bethlehem, they got even messier in Moab.

If things have gotten bad in you trusting Jesus don’t you think they will get worse walking away from him. The situation for the Elimelech family really did go from bad to worse.

The 2 sons marry. But we should immediately be concerned. · First their names: Mahlon, who marries Ruth (4:10), means “sickly.” Chilion,who marries Orpah, means “spent, death, destruction.”

They married Moabites, women from Israel’s enemy, a people Deuteronomy 23:3 says is not to enter the assembly of the Lord for 10 generations.

10 years of marriage and no children, both boys die and Naomi is left alone

Listen God is King but he always dies when you leave the house of bread and the place of praise and stop calling upon God in times of trouble and go to Moab…. Moab means wash pot or in more understanding terms the toilet bowl.

So in reality this family said it gets to tough here in the house of praise and bread lets go swim in the toilet bowl.

Forget this things aint going like I planned I’m going to the world to the computer turn on some stuff. I’m going to the toilet bowl bar down the street.. I mean I’ll be back I’m just finding myself tacking a break .

Yeah Naomi and Elimelech never thought their kids would die and himself and she never thought yeah you will be back but in ten years from now and by yourself with everyone dead.

We are not to run from your problems work them out face them with God get right stay right but don’t leave the house of bread and the place of praise.


Listen we often make a huge mistake if we run from our problems learn from great examples.

David stayed and fought Goliath

Daniel stayed and faced the lions in the lion’s den.

Meshach Shadrach and Abednego went into the fire and Jesus was with them.

None of them ran.

A promise we must uphold. Isa 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”NIV

Don’t run from the fire don’t avoid the fire walk through it with Jesus he promises to be with us in the fire.

Are you running from your problems? Don’t run from them Run to God.. So many run from God instead of running to him. There is a price to be paid from running from hard times.

Mommas said there would be days like this…. It’s a war. If you know people tell them stop running from problems and run To God, Deal with Your problems That’s maturity.



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