Monday, February 8, 2010

daily text 2/8

Monday, February 8th, 2010
"The heart is more treacherous than anything else and is desperate." (Jeremiah 17:9)

The selfish inclination of our heart is prone to misguide us. To remain loyal to Jehovah, we must continue to work hard to strip off the old personality with its tendency toward presumptuousness and self-reliance. And we must put on the new personality, “which was created according to God’s will in true righteousness and loyalty.” (Ephesians 4:22-24) “Wisdom is with the modest ones,” states Proverbs 11:2. Modestly relying on Jehovah helps us to avoid making costly mistakes. Each day, we are confronted with choices and decisions that test our loyalty. We too can prove ourselves faithful. Let us always remain loyal to Jehovah as we unify our heart, fully confident that he will continue to bless his loyal ones.—2 Samuel 22:26.
(Watchtower issue: 8/15/08, 2:16, 17, 20)

*the talk at the meeting yesterday was on the topic of 'reaping what you sow' (based on Galatians 6:7, 8) and the speaker started off by saying that when a farmer plants seeds in his field (such as corn and soybeans), he doesn't have to wonder what he's going to get at harvest time...He'll get corn and soybeans. Or if he plants watermelon seeds, no matter how far out that vine extends along the ground (in some cases, up to 100 feet) he knows there's going to be watermelons on the end of that vine.

So although the principle of "you reap what you sow" is a basic rule that applies to all areas of life, because our "heart is treacherous" (as mentioned in today's text) we can deceive ourselves into thinking that this rule doesn't apply when it comes to something we personally want to do which isn't in harmony with God's principles and standards. Humans can't break other laws of nature that govern the universe without experiencing the negative consequences, so it's just as foolish and dangerous to believe that we can break God's laws when it comes to his standards of right and wrong without reaping the consequences of our actions.