Whatever their nature, the “wonderful works” and “mighty acts” of Jehovah will never be forgotten.

A soldier in peacetime does not feel the
tension and danger of battle.‏
From:


JOSE JUAN BARRAGAN (joebrrgn@gmail.com)

Sent: Sat 5/01/10 10:39 AM
To: joe.brrgn72@hotmail.com

Jehovah’s
Glorious Splendor and Dignity

 Whatever their nature,
the “wonderful works” and “mighty acts” of Jehovah will never be
forgotten
. David
wrote: “Generation after generation will commend your works, and about
your mighty acts they will tell. The glorious splendor of your dignity
and the matters of your wonderful works I will make my concern. And they
will talk about the strength of your own fear-inspiring things; and as
for your greatness, I will declare it.” (Psalm 145:4-6) Yet, how much
could David know about the glorious splendor of Jehovah, since “God is a
Spirit” and is therefore invisible to human eyes?—John 1:18; 4:24.

 Although he could not see
God, there were ways for David to grow in appreciation for Jehovah’s
dignity. For instance, he could read the Scriptural record of God’s
mighty acts, such as the destruction of a wicked world by means of a
global flood. Very likely, David noted how Egypt’s false gods were
humiliated as God delivered the Israelites from Egyptian bondage. Such
events testify to Jehovah’s dignity and greatness.

“A
God of Saving Acts”


        The psalmist David
wrote: “The true God is for us a God of saving acts.”


                                
(Psalm 68:20)

Jehovah has repeatedly demonstrated
his ability to save his


people, either by delivering
them from perilous situations or by giving

them the
strength to endure. (Psalm 34:17; Daniel 6:22; 1 Corinthians 10:13)


From your study of the Bible,
how many of such “saving acts” can you recall?

Using the
Watch Tower Publications Index, why not do research on such true-life


 

events as the global Deluge of
Noah’s day, the deliverance of Lot and his
daughters from Sodom and
Gomorrah, Israel’s Exodus from Egypt and trek
through the Red Sea, or Haman’s foiled plot to destroy the Jews?
 

Reading and then meditating on
these thrilling accounts will strengthen your
faith that Jehovah is a
God of saving acts. This, in turn, will help you to face
tests of your faith fearlessly.

Can you think of present-day examples of
endurance in your own area? It might be
someone who has been
imprisoned for a faithful course. You might know of an elderly
Christian who is serving Jehovah despite poor health. Or think of youths
who remain
separate from the world despite tremendous pressure from
their schoolmates. Then
there are single parents, who without a
mate are raising children, or unmarried
individuals who serve Jehovah despite feelings of loneliness. What do
you learn
from such ones? Contemplating their faithful course can
help you to endure and
to remain fearless despite whatever trials
you may face.

Fearlessness is
needed not only if we confront opposition and persecution but

 also
if we begin to doubt Jehovah’s love for us. We need to cultivate
confidence


 that Christ’s ransom applies to us
as individuals. (Galatians 2:20) Then we can

approach Jehovah
without inappropriate fear or dread. If we feel unworthy of


Jehovah’s love, we can reflect on
Jesus’ words to his followers: “Do not two

sparrows sell for a
coin of small value? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground


without your Father’s knowledge.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.


 Therefore have no fear: you are worth more than many
sparrows.”—Matthew 10:29-31.


The Watchtower and Awake!
magazines often publish experiences of modern-day Witnesses

 of
Jehovah who have faced challenges fearlessly. This does not mean that
they did


not have negative emotions about
their plight. But they did not let such feelings

 cause them
to stop serving Jehovah. Their published accounts can help you to endure


 fearlessly too.

Just as Jehovah helped his faithful people of ancient times to
conquer their foes,


 he can help you to gain the
victory over any obstacle that you may encounter.

Therefore,
take to heart the words that Jehovah spoke through the prophet Isaiah:


“Do not be afraid, for I am with
you. Do not gaze about, for I am your God. I will

fortify
you. I will really help you. I will really keep fast hold of you with
my right


 hand of righteousness.”—Isaiah
41:10.


[Footnotes]

Published by Jehovah’s Witnesses.
See
The Watchtower of December 1, 2000, pages 24-8.



Maintaining Our
Sense of Urgency


 Bible
prophecies clearly reveal that we are living deep in the time of the
end.


 As never before, we need to
strengthen our sense of urgency.
A soldier in peacetime

does not feel the
tension and danger of battle. Still, if as a result, he feels no urgency

 to stay alert and is
suddenly called into action, he may well be unprepared, with fatal


 consequences. The
same is true spiritually. If we allow our sense of urgency to fade, we

may be unprepared to fend
off attacks that come our way and may be caught unawares when


 Jehovah’s day
finally arrives. (Luke 21:36; 1 Thessalonians 5:4)
If any have ‘drawn back

 from following Jehovah,’ now is
the time for them to seek him again.—Zephaniah 1:3-6; 2

Thessalonians
1:8, 9.

Vital Lessons for Us

Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego are fine examples of faith, obedience, and
loyalty.
 The three Hebrews exercised faith in Jehovah. Their
Scripturally trained conscience
 did not allow them to participate in any act of false worship or
nationalistic
devotion. Present-day Christians similarly put
implicit trust in the true God.
They are guided by their
Bible-trained conscience and refuse to participate in
acts of false worship or ceremonies that violate God’s laws and
principles.

The three faithful Hebrews trusted in Jehovah and refused to trade
their obedience


 to him for anything the Babylonian
Empire offered in the way of recognition, status,

 or
glory. Those young men were willing to suffer and die rather than ruin
their


relationship with God. Like Moses
before them, they “continued steadfast as seeing the

 One
who is invisible.” (Hebrews 11:27)

 Whether Jehovah
chose to rescue them from death
 or not, the three were determined to
maintain integrity to him rather than compromise to
save their
lives. Evidently alluding to their example, the apostle Paul mentions
faithful
ones who “stayed the force of fire.” (Hebrews 11:34) Such faith and
obedience are manifested
 by Jehovah’s servants as they face tests of
integrity in our day.

From the experience of Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, we also


learn that God rewards loyalty to
him. The psalmist sang:

“Jehovah . . . will not leave his
loyal ones.” (Psalm 37:28)


Today, we cannot expect God to
rescue us miraculously, as he did the three Hebrews. Yet,

we
can be confident that no matter what adversity we face, our heavenly
Father will


 provide assistance. God may
eliminate the problem, grant us the strength to endure it,

 or
resurrect us if we maintain integrity to the point of death.


 (Psalm 37:10, 11, 29; John
5:28, 29) Faith, obedience, and loyalty triumph every time our

 integrity
is tested and we choose to obey God rather than men.

The Biblical
Position


No one can deny that the Bible reports
that God in bygone days at times stepped


 in to perform humanly impossible
acts. Of him, we read: “You proceeded to bring

 forth your people
Israel out of the land of Egypt, with signs and with miracles


and with a strong hand and with a
stretched-out arm and with great fearsomeness.”

 (Jeremiah 32:21)
Imagine, the most powerful nation of the day brought to its knees


 by means of ten divinely sent
plagues, including the death of its firstborn.

Miracles
indeed!—Exodus, chapters 7 to 14.

Jehovah Still a
Deliverer

Modern-day servants of Jehovah can draw
faith-strengthening lessons from that outstanding
 act of divine
deliverance. One lesson is that Jehovah has unlimited power and can
fully
support his people. In their victory song, Moses and the Israelites
triumphantly sang:
 “Your right hand, O Jehovah, is proving itself
powerful in ability, your right hand,
 O Jehovah, can shatter an
enemy.”—Exodus 15:6.

Another lesson is that the Almighty deeply desires to protect his
people.
The Israelites sang: “My strength and my might is Jah, since
he serves for
 my salvation. This is my God, and I shall laud him.”
Still another lesson
 is that no one can successfully oppose the will of Jehovah God. In
their
triumphant song, God’s delivered people sang: “Who among the
gods is like you,
O Jehovah? Who is like you, proving yourself
mighty in holiness? The One to be
feared with songs of praise, the One doing marvels.”—Exodus 15:2, 11.

Like
Pharaoh of ancient Egypt, rulers of today’s world persecute Jehovah’s
people.
 Arrogant leaders may “speak even words against the Most
High, and . . . harass
 continually the holy ones themselves of the Supreme One.” (Daniel 7:25;
11:36)
But Jehovah assures his people: “Any weapon whatever that
will be formed against
you will have no success, and any tongue at
all that will rise up against you in
the judgment you will condemn. This is the hereditary possession of the
servants
of Jehovah.”—Isaiah 54:17.

Opposers of God will
fail, just as Pharaoh and his army failed. Jehovah’s acts
of
deliverance, such as the Exodus from Egypt, testify that it is right to
follow
the principle stated by Jesus’ apostles, who declared: “We must obey God
as ruler
rather than men.”—Acts 5:29.

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