Where are You?

//Where are You?

Friday, April 22

Jehovah is near to all those calling on him, to all who call on him in truth.Ps. 145:18.

Put yourself in Asa’s situation. Zerah the Ethiopian has come against Judah with 1,000,000 men and 300 chariots.  How would you react to the sight of such a huge army? Outnumbered about 2 to 1, King Asa’s reaction demonstrated his close and trusting relationship with Jehovah. He fervently called out: “Help us, O Jehovah our God, for we are relying on you.” What enabled Asa to trust fully in God’s guidance and protection? The Bible says that “Asa did what was right in the eyes of Jehovah” and that his “heart was complete with Jehovah.” We too need to serve God with a complete heart. It is absolutely vital that we do so if we are to enjoy a close relationship with him now and in the future. How thankful we can be that Jehovah has taken the initiative to draw us to him and to help us to form and maintain a close bond with him!

COMMENTARY

Jehovah has always taken the initiative to draw us near to him. True, we are a long way from Eden, where God used to stroll through the garden during the breezy part of the day and converse with Adam.

But even in our sinful state the same God has made it possible for us to have a close relationship with him. Now it just takes more effort and faith.

lost little childBesides, although Adam enjoyed daily conversations with Jehovah that didn’t prevent him from acting on his own and ruining the precious relationship he briefly had with his Creator. After eating the forbidden fruit Adam actually tried to hide from God and didn’t want to have anything to do with him.

It is not surprising that our relations with God can also become strained —distant, fractured. A guilty conscience may cause us to try to hide from Jehovah too —avoiding any contact with him. We may stop praying and calling upon his name.

In Eden God went looking for Adam and his wife, calling out to them in the garden: “Where are you?”

The same God goes looking for his missing people now. Perhaps you have made some bad decisions. Maybe you have gotten immersed in the world and are trapped. Perhaps you have been stumbled by the Watchtower’s unseemly doings —many have been. Or possibly you have been treated unkindly by elders, or influenced by the growing numbers of Jehovah’s Witnesses who have left the faith and want nothing to do with Jehovah. Maybe you are simply among the many whose love for the truth is growing cold?

I frequently get emails from Jehovah’s Witnesses who fit the  aforementioned, asking for advice on how to go forward. The basic, underlying problem that I can see is a lack of faith. Jesus said that if we have faith the size of a tiny little seed we can move mountains. Do you believe that?

Take the Watchtower out of the equation. It is hard, isn’t it? Especially if you have been associated for a long time. The reason that is so is because the Watchtower has been at the center of our spiritual lives from the beginning. Whether you were “raised in the truth” or two of Jehovah’s Witnesses knocked on your door and you accepted a Bible study from them, the Watchtower has been all-imposing. There is no need to enumerate the ways in which the Organization dominates.

And while Bethel may serve as an instrument to reach and teach and all of that, it is only that —an instrument that Christ has used to do his Father’s work in order that we may have a close relationship with them. 

Back to the previous statement. Take the Watchtower out of the equation. Because with a swelling number of disillusioned Jehovah’s Witnesses that is the case anyway. How do we go forward? How about back to the basics? Bible reading and prayer. Nothing is more powerful —more faith strengthening. Isn’t that how we began cultivating a relationship with God in the first place? And just think, you already know God’s personal name! That’s a big plus. 

If you believe that it is not possible to have a meaningful relationship with God apart from the Organization, isn’t that an admission that we have put the Watchtower in the place of God? Surely, it is.

Keep in mind that the good shepherd leaves the 99 sheep to look for the one lost sheep. Do you believe that? 

So, if you hear God’s faint voice whispering: “Where are you?” don’t hesitate to answer. He is looking for you. Tell him where you are. Tell him you are lost. Remember, too, whatever our hearts may condemn us of, God is stronger than our hearts, as the apostle John stated. “Or do you despise the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, because you do not know that God in his kindness is trying to lead you to repentance?” —Romans 2:4

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2016-12-08T15:10:24+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|Commentary|25 Comments
  • Jonah Peter Paul

    It will be against my conscience to not share this very meaningful commentary. This might just be a life-saver for many other Witnesses out there who may be discouraged and disheartened. Most of them could not rely on the kindness and compassion of their local elders. I can just imagine some of them might be terribly lost and are in need of even just a little glimpse of encouragement and hope. Others like me struggle with an overreacting conscience which tends to strangle me from time to time. If I let it consume me, I might get lost too.

    • This was one of my favorite commentaries !

      • Kevin b

        I read the commentary every day. At least I thought I did, somehow I missed this one. I really need to be more careful. Thanks for sharing.

    • iscamer

      I just wondered, If Jehovah’s Witnesses are God’s appointed organization on earth in whom all of His blessing flow, why would they be discouraged or disheartened?

  • iscamer

    If no one has seen God at anytime, who was Adam talking to?

    • rajan

      Jehovah God can communicate with anyone
      Although Adam could not see God he was able to have a conversation as God spoke – recorded in Genesis
      God communicate in manys – Through visions, via dreams, through angels, by drawing one closer by his spirit etc

  • Keep in mind that the good shepherd leaves the 99 sheep to look for the one lost sheep.

  • Jehovah is near to all those calling on him, to all who call on him in truth.—Ps. 145:18

    • patri

      If my latest comment doesn’t fit where it is at the moment, this is where I was replying to, to you here Joseph 🙂

      • I knew what you were trying to comment on, great minds think alike ?
        How you feeling? I think about you everyday and include you in my prayers!
        Hope for a complete recovery, no free ticket to paradise, you have to come with all of us through the field of wildflowers to safety ❤??⚘

        • patri

          Thank you sweetie. I couldn’t think of a more wonderful, beautiful, God loving gorgeous bunch of lovelies I’d rather be with and that will only include DA when he takes his face mask off.
          Feeling great. Sauna type weather so sunbathed in between clouds, keeping immune system chirpy with some vit d. Then back to running the household, got through four jobs to do on my list as i am a capable wife, thats one thing im sure of at least, as well as cooking. Hubz wanted me to watch the Lion King, bless but I took to my insight book coz I gotta keep strongly entrenched with the things above. Serotonin kicking in now so it only needs Roberts book lullaby and I’ll be ninenies before he gets to the end. But there again, that doesn’t matter if I fall asleep because I know the ending, thanks to him. Love you all and where’s Burt? Burt? Burt?

          • Your right where is that wise and wonderful rascal, maybe on holiday. Calling Mr Burt, Burt you alright?

          • ewatchman

            You seem to be getting younger. Is that really you, Sister Patri? You look very chirpy, very chirpy indeed – like a spring chick.

            • patri

              Hahaha Yes! Its really me Robert in the days before I didn’t have to draw eyes and lips on my face like I do today and ask myself who I am when I look in the mirror!

          • Kevin b

            Glad to hear you are doing well, and are on the mend.

            • patri

              Thank you very much kb. Cue violins, still need to get that 25% microwaved before being on the mend but you’re right, because I’m not in pain now I’m coping quite normally, getting my landlegs back after nearly three weeks lying in bed. Just tuning into chapter twenny two of Roberts book. Goo’night brother…

          • Beverly kenyon

            Hiya Patri, you look fantastic on that picture. Extremely pretty. Love those black & white pictures. Great to hear you’re back home…that’s the best place to be when you’re ill. You well fought the big C!!! Is your family still making you lovely dahl soup? Love Dahl. Really good to see you back on EWatchman. It’s been a roller coaster ride for you this year…..scream if you wanna go faster!! Lol.

            • patri

              Hahaha Beverly, I went on a roller coaster with a grand -daughter, once and the music playing was actually ‘scream if you wanna go faster ‘. She did of course, and we did go faster and I couldn’t walk straight after as I should imagine an LSD trip being less disorientating.
              Thank you for the compliment.
              Photo looks a bit (wo) man in the moon!
              No, actually, no sign of family. Very bizarre behaviour indeed but that’s ok. We all have our own consciences to deal with at the end of the day, sad, but true.
              Hope you are well and long for the day when we can all meet each other, won’t that be fun…big hug x

            • Beverly kenyon

              No kidding Patri, that picture is beautiful..you have a Mona Lisa smile going on there. That’s funny about you you feeling like you were tripping after that roller coaster ride with your granddaughter. I hope your family being ‘ genuinely busy ‘ isn’t code for ‘ we’ve done our bit.’ Sometimes that can happen when they think you’re on the mend. It’s unkind and unsettling to pick you up and put you down. Hopefully they’re gonna turn up soon. Yes, I’m well…thank you for asking. Yes you’re right it would be the best fun when we can all meet up….at least we’ll be able to recognise you now and I wonder if DA would be taking his mask off! Lol. Good to have you back Patri. Xx

  • Leonard k

    hello every one I hope all is well. I messed a few days of study I guess I have a lot to get caught up on.

    • check this one out too if you havent already – https://youtu.be/fbh3rndGDN8

      • Leonard k

        iv’e seen this video but nothing said here shocks me at all I think by now all of us can see what is coming and what will most likely take place. interestingly enough though more and more people are asking me do I really believe everything that I see and here and I replied no of course not but I do know truth through all the lies and misinformation. the only reliable truth we all have is jehovah’s word and it is because of his word that we can see the truth of the world.

        John 8:31, 32

        31 Then Jesus went on to say to the Jews who had believed him: “If you remain in my word, you are really my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

    • Beverly kenyon

      Hiya Leonard K, welcome back. Was getting worried where you’d got to then Bklyn Kevin said how you and your wife had a new baby so congratulations are in order. You must both be so happy! It was lovely news. Good you’re back Leonard K.

      • Leonard k

        its nice to be back yes my wife and I are very happy thank you. it seems ive missed a few of Roberts articles as well I have some catching up to do.

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