In his book The Knowledge of the Holy, Christian author A. W. Tozer (1897-1963) writes; “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us . . . the most portentous (foreboding, ominous) fact about any man is not what he at any given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like.”
Let’s look at Naomi’s conception of God in her declaration to the women of Bethlehem: “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has witnessed against me and the Almighty has afflicted me?”
Are we able to witness the Biblical truths we’ve been taught about God’s goodness and sovereignty in the midst of our adversity, or is Jesus calling us to transformational growth through His presence in our hearts?