Sunday, November 8th, 2009
"Let endurance have its work complete." (James 1:4)
Although we petition Jehovah for help, our adversities may not be removed immediately. They may even continue for some time. If that is the case, what will help us to endure? Remember that when we continue to serve Jehovah faithfully despite difficulties, we prove our love for him. (Acts 14:22) Keep in mind Satan’s accusation concerning Job: “Would Job worship you if he got nothing out of it? You have always protected him and his family and everything he owns. You bless everything he does, and you have given him enough cattle to fill the whole country. But now suppose you take away everything he has—he will curse you to your face!” (Job 1:9-11, Today’s English Version) By means of his integrity, Job proved that accusation to be a base lie. By our enduring under distressing circumstances, we too have an opportunity to prove Satan a liar. In turn, our endurance strengthens our hope and confidence.
(Watchtower issue: 03/15/08, 3:14)
*that's such a good point to remember when we're going through difficult circumstances isn't it? If God always intervened in our behalf everytime something went wrong, how would Satan's challenge to Jehovah - that no human will serve God out of love, only out of selfishness - ever be answered?
That was another point brought out in the assembly yesterday...about not allowing ourselves to overindulge in self-pity, since we need to remember that this isn't about 'us' ... as humans it's easy to lose sight of the fact that there is a much bigger issue at stake. If we were only loyal when it was easy and convenient for us, what would be the point? What would that prove? The issue of universal sovereignty has been going on for centuries and we're living at the time period in history when that issue is about to be settled once and for all. So every time we maintain our loyalty and integrity to God, (despite temporary difficulties and hardships we may go through on account of it) we, like Job, help to prove Satan a liar by showing that we are faithful to God out of love, not out of fear of death, or what we can get from him.
Here's an encouraging article from the website:
You Can Be Happy Despite Disappointment -which reminds us that even God has experienced disappointment and 'set-backs' to his original plans, on account of humans. Remembering the level of endurance and patience God has shown on behalf of us, will help fortify our determination to demonstrate patience and endurance in behalf of our loyalty to him.