When Naomi decided to leave Moab and return to her country, her daughters-in-law insisted on leaving with her, but she told them twice, Turn again. She didn’t want them to follow her. She just wanted to be by herself.
Naomi, in her right mind, really didn’t want to be left alone. This was the enemy at work. He knew that the only way to defeat her in life was to first defeat her in her mind. The enemy used the loss of her husband and two sons as an opportunity to convince her that she had lost everything. She began to feel sorry for herself (self-pity). She became bitter. Call me not Naomi, call me Mara (Ruth 1:20). She thought no one loved her and no one cared for her. God has turned against me (Ruth 1:21). She was focused on herself and what she was going through. There was a battle going on – in her mind. The enemy knew the great things that God was about to do in her life. He knew deliverance was near. He also knew that everything he stole from her was about to be fully restored so he had to move quickly before she realized this. When Naomi told Ruth and Orpah to turn again, she was telling them, Leave me alone. For the enemy to complete what he started, his next plan was to separate her and isolate her (loneliness), but God (through Ruth) wouldn’t give up on her. He wouldn’t leave her alone.
Both Luke and Mark wrote about a man who was in the synagogue with an unclean spirit. While in the synagogue, the unclean spirit cried and said, Let us alone. Although it came out of his mouth, it was not the man speaking. He wanted to be free. If he didn’t want to be free, he wouldn’t have gone to church. It was the demon that cried out of fear. It knew it was about to be cast out. It recognized Jesus, the Son of God and it knew why Jesus came to the synagogue – to set the captives free. It didn’t want to let the man go, but his time in this man’s life was up. Why? Because Jesus came.
John 10:10 – The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.
The Israelites told Moses, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians. For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. Now think about it. That was not them speaking. God came for them because they cried out to Him. They wanted to be free from their bondage (Exodus 2:23).
This was proof that their deliverance was near. Don’t you find it interesting that this spirit spoke just before God opened the Red Sea? Read the book of Exodus. At no other time did this spirit say, Let us alone. This unclean spirit had them in bondage for over 400 years, but today was their day to be set free. For the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you shall see them again no more forever (Exodus 14:13). It probably frustrated Moses to hear them talk about giving up and going back to Egypt, but God knew who was really speaking.
The moment you want to give up is the moment that your deliverance is near. You want to leave that job. You want to leave the spouse (that God gave you). You have gotten to the place where you don’t want to be bothered by people anymore. You just want to be left alone, but that’s not the real you.
The real you knows God promised you His best. The real you knows that God is not a man that He should lie. It may not seem like it is getting better, but fear not, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. Don’t worry about what you see because what you see today, you will never see again. The Lord is fighting for you. When Jesus was tempted of the devil in the wilderness, He didn’t forget what God said. Your problem is you forgot what God said. Cut off the devil’s plan with the sword of the Spirit. Jesus told the devil, It is written. Open your bible, find out what is written and speak it (as many times as necessary). The Lord’s angels obey the voice of His word (Psalm 103:20) and it is our job to give God’s word a voice.
Since the devil is persistent, you become persistent. Show him that you are not going to give up. Show him that you are not going back to Egypt. Show him that you are going to get everything that God promised. The fact that you are still alive is proof that God hasn’t given up on you. So if He hasn’t given up on you, don’t you give up on His word and His promises.
Your deliverance is near.