Saturday, July 31st, 2010
"Trust in Jehovah with all your heart and do not lean upon your own understanding" (Proverbs 3:5)
Numerous servants of God in the pre-Christian era demonstrated that they put God's authority before that of men. For example, Moses “refused to be called the son of the daughter of Pharaoh, choosing to be ill-treated with the people of God,” even though doing so incurred “the anger of the king.” (Hebrews 11:24, 25, 27) Joseph resisted the advances of Potiphar’s wife, who had the power to retaliate and cause him harm. (Genesis 39:7-9) Daniel “determined in his heart that he would not pollute himself with the delicacies of the king,” though his position on the matter was not easy for the principal court official of Babylon to accept. (Daniel 1:8-14) Such examples show that, historically, God’s people have taken a firm stand for what is right, regardless of the consequences. They did not give in to men simply to curry favor with them.
(Watchtower issue: 6/15/08, 3:4, 6)