Saturday, May 15th, 2010
"Man has dominated man to his injury." (Ecclesiastes 8:9)
Oppression and injustices abound today. Greedy commerce and corrupt rulership may result in harsh economic conditions. Leaders in government, business, and religion often set a poor moral example. Like righteous Lot, therefore, God's loyal ones are "greatly distressed by the indulgence of the law-defying people in loose conduct." (2 Peter 2:7) Moreover, as we quietly strive to live by godly standards, we often become the target of persecution by arrogant rulers. (2 Timothy 3:1-5, 12) We can be certain, though, of this fundamental truth: Jehovah will not leave his loyal ones! Whatever trials we may face at present, we can be confident that Jehovah will protect us from spiritual harm. (Psalm 97:10) Morever, Psalm 116:15 assures us: "Precious in the eyes of Jehovah is the death of his loyal ones." Jehovah's servants are so precious to him that he will not allow them to perish as a group.
(Watchtower issue: 8/15/08, 1:8-10)