Saturday, May 22, 2010

daily text 5/22

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
"Because [Jehovah] is at my right hand, I shall not be made to totter." (Psalm 16:8)

To many, it is inconceivable that the Creator of our vast universe allows humans to walk with him in a spiritual sense. Yet, that is exactly what Jehovah wants us to do. In Bible times, Enoch and Noah 'walked with God.' (Genesis 5:24; 6:9) Moses "continued steadfast as seeing the One who is invisible." (Hebrews 11:27) King David found himself humbly walking alongside his heavenly Father. Of course, we cannot literally take Jehovah by the hand and walk with him. But we can do so in a figurative sense. How? The psalmist Asaph writes: "I am constantly with you; you have taken hold of my right hand. With your counsel you will lead me." (Psalm 73:23, 24) Simply put, we walk with Jehovah when we closely follow his counsel, which we receive primarily through his written Word and through "the faithful and discreet slave."—Matthew 24:45; 2 Timothy 3:16.
(Watchtower issue: 10/15/08, 2:3, 4)

There's another good example of this concept in the book of Jeremiah, where Jehovah has Jeremiah do a little experiment with a linen belt in order to illustrate the fact that Jehovah wants his people to rely on his Word and cling to him the way a belt clings to a person's hips. In fact, he used this illustration in regards to the whole nation of Israel...

"For just as a belt clings to the hips of a man, so I caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling even to me,’ is the utterance of Jehovah, ‘in order to become to me a people and a name and a praise and something beautiful; but they did not obey.’" (Jeremiah 13:11)