Wednesday, August 26, 2009

daily text 08/26

Wednesday, August 26nd, 2009
"Trust in Jehovah with all your heart." (Proverbs 3:5)

Today, we may not clearly see why some organizational matters are handled in a certain way, but we have every reason to trust in Jehovah’s guidance through his faithful channel of communication. At times, our enemies may seem to be getting the upper hand. From our limited perspective, we may not be able to see the whole picture. Still, Jehovah is capable of maneuvering matters at the right moment. We can have confidence that he is with his people to guide, protect, and deliver them. We can take to heart the promise: “[Jehovah] will not leave his loyal ones. To time indefinite they will certainly be guarded.” (Psalm 37:28) Never let us forget those mighty angelic forces that are backing God’s servants today. With their support, we can “stand firm and see the salvation of Jehovah.” (Exodus 14:13) Wearing the spiritual armor described by Paul will enable all of us to “stand firm.”—Ephesians 6:11-18.
(Watchtower issue: 12/15/07, 2:16-18)

*a prime example, (still to come) of how God will manuever events so that it 'appears' as if his people are completely outnumbered and surrounded on every side, and all hope is lost,... is the prophetic account found in Ezekiel, describing Gog of Magog's attack on God's people. -Which is the final event that leads into Armageddon. (I wasn't able to post a link to the New World Translation), but here's the American Standard Version of Ezekiel 38 -which is another reason why being familiar with the Hebrew Scriptures is so important, because there are so many instances where Jehovah allowed similar circumstances to occur in ancient times.
The most familiar one is when the Israelites had just escaped Egypt, and God had them unexpectedly backtrack just prior to crossing the Red Sea, so that in the eyes of Pharoah and his army, the Israelites 'appeared' to be trapped. But there's some other really great examples, like the account in 2 Chronicles chapter 20, where a large army of the sons of Moab and Ammon, etc, came against Jerusalem during the reign of Jehoshaphat, and all the people were afraid so they gathered together to prayerfully consult God to know what they should do. And you can see from what happened, that the end result in that particular instance is similar to what's going to occur in the future...

"Eventually those of Judah were collected together to inquire of Jehovah. Even from all the cities of Judah they came to consult Jehovah. Then Je·hosh´a·phat stood up in the congregation of Judah and of Jerusalem in the house of Jehovah before the new courtyard, and he proceeded to say...
“O Jehovah the God of our forefathers, are you not God in the heavens, and are you not dominating over all the kingdoms of the nations, and are there not in your hand power and mightiness, with no one to hold his ground against you? ... O our God, will you not execute judgment upon them? For in us there is no power before this large crowd that is coming against us; and we ourselves do not know what we ought to do, but our eyes are toward you.” All the while all those of Judah were standing before Jehovah, even their little ones, their wives and their sons...
"Here is what Jehovah has said to YOU, ‘Do not YOU be afraid or be terrified because of this large crowd; for the battle is not YOURS, but God’s...YOU will not need to fight in this instance. Take YOUR position, stand still and see the salvation of Jehovah in YOUR behalf. O Judah and Jerusalem, do not be afraid or be terrified. Tomorrow go out against them, and Jehovah will be with YOU.’"
(2 Chronicles 20:4-6, 12, 13, 15, 17)