It is the foolishness of an earthling man that distorts his way, and so his heart becomes enraged against Jehovah himself.
Is it really possible that we could become “enraged against Jehovah”? Surely to do so would be futile. What would we hope to gain? A poet once said: “Your arm’s too short to box with God.” We may never go so far as to vocalize a complaint against Jehovah. But today’s text says that a man’s foolishness “distorts his way, and so his heart becomes enraged against Jehovah himself.” Yes, a person can become enraged against God in his heart. This attitude could manifest itself in subtle ways. An individual could, as it were, hold a grudge against Jehovah. As a result, that person might withdraw from the congregation or not fully support arrangements for Jehovah’s worship. How can we avoid that trap? It is vital that we know, for our very relationship with Jehovah God is involved!
The Watchtower article upon which today’s Daily Text is taken enumerates a number of factors that may cause a person to become angry with God. However, the brothers in the Writing Department have neglected to consider the primary reason a growing number of Jehovah’s Witnesses are withdrawing from the organization and no longer supporting Bethel’s “arrangements for Jehovah’s worship.” And what is the primary reason? It is due to the Watchtower itself – or rather, the mounting number of stumbling blocks the leadership of the organization have cast onto the path.
In the business world the human relations department of a large corporation may have an exit interview policy. In other words, instead of interviewing a person for a position with the company, they interview a person who has quit the company to find out why they have left. I would suggest that the Watchtower institute a similar policy. In doing so surely they would find that many of Jehovah’s Witnesses are simply disgusted with the hypocrisy that they see from the leadership of the organization. They have become distrustful – and justifiably so. Many feel resentful that they had been taken advantage of and deceived. No doubt many of those who no longer are part of the organization have had their faith crushed. And yes, sadly, because the Watchtower has set itself up as Jehovah’s infallible mouthpiece, it is understandable why some would become angry with Jehovah.
But does our very relationship with Jehovah God depend upon our being active in the congregation as the Watchtower’s comment implies? Not necessarily. Some of those who have been stumbled by the Watchtower’s hypocrisy and misdeeds have not turned their backs on God. They just can no longer stomach being part of an organization that itself is not straight with God.
Surely, the Lord Jesus will not extinguish a smoldering flaxen wick when he comes to set matters straight?