Friday, March 12th, 2010
"We are walking by faith, not by sight." (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Why is faith important? Well, Jehovah leads us in “the tracks of righteousness,” but those tracks do not lead to wealth or privilege in this world. (Psalm 23:3) For that reason, our eye of faith needs to be fixed on the incomparable spiritual rewards that come from serving Jehovah. (2 Corinthians 4:17, 18) And faith helps us to be content with modest material provisions. (1 Timothy 6:8) Jesus indicated that true worship involves self-sacrifice, which also takes faith. (Luke 9:23, 24) Some faithful worshippers have made great sacrifices, enduring poverty, oppression, prejudice, even severe persecution. (2 Corinthians 11:23-27; Revelation 3:8-10) Only strong faith enabled them to do so with joy. (James 1:2, 3) Strong faith makes us absolutely confident that following Jehovah’s guidance is always best. We have no doubt whatsoever that the reward for those who loyally endure is far greater than any temporary suffering.—Hebrews 11:6.
(Watchtower issue: 4/15/08, 2:12, 13)