Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
"I will by no means leave you nor by any means forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)
As servants of Jehovah, we strive to keep our life simple, confident that he will not forsake us. Because this attitude runs contrary to the thinking of the world, we must be careful not to let the world’s spirit influence us. (Ephesians 2:2) In this regard, consider the example of Jeremiah’s secretary, Baruch. It may be that Baruch wanted to make a better life for himself materially. Jehovah warned Baruch not to keep seeking “great things” for himself. Baruch proved to be humble and wise, for he listened to Jehovah and survived the destruction of Jerusalem. (Jeremiah 45:2-5) On the other hand, Baruch’s contemporaries who did acquire “great things” materially, putting Jehovah in the background, soon lost all at the hands of the Chaldeans (Babylonians). Many also lost their lives. (2 Chronicles 36:15-18) Baruch’s experience helps us to see that a good relationship with God is much more important than wealth and prominence in this world.
(Watchtower issue: 04/15/08, 3:15, 16)
*Baruch's situation reminds me alot of what happened in 1975 when some Witnesses abandoned Jehovah and their brothers, as well as their responsibility towards the preaching work, by going back to the world to pursue selfish materialistic goals (like Baruch apparently began to do) after their personal expectations weren't fulfilled in the time frame that they were hoping for. Which actually gives a pretty clear indication of their 'true' motives and heart condition. Yet look at all the spiritual growth which has occured since that time which they were not a part of. And if they don't come back to their senses, and make the necessary adjustments to their thinking (like Jehovah warned Baruch to make after he started to go off track) they will permanently lose out on future blessings in store, as well as everything they've built up 'this side' of Armageddon...including their lives.
In fact, I think I'll do a post about the situation that occured in 1975, (after talking to many JW's who were around back then, including my own family) since so many people have blown that year way out of proportion in regards to what really happened.