Elimelech was a a carnally minded father. Let’s find out what that means, why it is bad, and what dads can do to avoid being carnally minded.
Pursues Convenience over the Will of God
- You will constantly be pushed and stressed to move in a direction contrary to God.
- The world and God are enemies. Friendship with the world is enmity with God.
- And the natural position to fall back into to relieve stress is familiar sin.
- Quit being surprised when you’re faced with a conflict that tempts you out of the will of God
Elimelech runs from God’s will
- Heads for Financial Security
- Wealth as a measuring stick for God’s will is wickedness (1 Timothy 6:5, 10)
- Romans 8:6 – there were three tombs left in Moab that no one expected
- How do you handle pressure? Psalm 4
Leaves His Family No Godly Heritage
- If you were to die, what will your children think of Jesus Christ? The Bible? The church?
- As a result of your influence on your family’s lives, what would they think about these things?
- Have you given them any influence that would benefit their relationship with the Lord in your absence?
- They are watching your example
- If you are choosing to disregard your God-given responsibility to grow your children in the Lord Jesus Christ and lead your family, you are carnally minded
Is the Reason His Children Miss the Blessing of God
- God had visited Bethlehem but Elimelech had taken his family out of Bethlehem to pursue money and they missed the visitation of God
- This man is the reason his family is in the bad shape it is in