Ruth 1:21 “I went away full, and the LORD has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the LORD has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?”” 

Ruth is an amazing case study in bitterness. Ruth 1 teaches several ways that God is ready to help His people overcome bitterness. One way is that God helps His people overcome bitterness when they face the reality of bitter circumstances.

Naomi had to leave her home due to famine, and then she lost her husband and two sons. Bitterness began in her heart as she neglected to believe in
God’s goodness and trusted in her own resources.

In contrast to this is Ruth, her Moabite daughter-in-law, who expressed faith in the Lord. This story teaches the importance of avoiding bitter speech. Upon returning to Bethlehem, Naomi changed her name to Mara, the Hebrew word for bitter. The bitterness in her heart led her to misrepresent what God had been doing in her life, but chapter 1 closes with hope — the reminder that the harvest was about to begin. Bitterness does not have the last word in Naomi’s story.

That kind of simple, quiet trust is the antidote for bitterness. It expresses trust in and commitment to not just God’s sovereignty but also his fundamental goodness.