Only relatively few individuals reflected the qualities of Noah, Daniel, and Job and were thus marked for survival. What challenges did Noah face, and why was his endurance remarkable? He proved himself faultless among his contemporaries. Noah walked with the true God. He lived in that world for almost years! When building the ark, what challenges did Noah face? Noah surely knew that it would bring on even more ridicule and opposition.
Still, he obediently went ahead in faith. In what ways did Noah trust in Jehovah as his Provider? Before the Flood, people had to work extra hard to grow food, and Noah was surely no exception. Even when building the ark, which may have taken as long as 40 or 50 years, Noah kept his spiritual focus. And he continued to do so for another years after the Flood. Like Noah, however, we fear Jehovah, not men.
We know that he alone gives everlasting life. If you imitate the faith and obedience of Noah, you can be confident that Jehovah will care for you. What big challenges did Daniel and his three companions face in Babylon? See opening picture. Daniel lived as a captive in Babylon, a city filled with idolatry and spiritism. Moreover, the Babylonians looked down on the Jews, mocking both them and their God, Jehovah. Even their diet was set for them. Not at all!
Daniel stayed faithful and obedient to the very end of his life. How may Daniel have been a blessing to his fellow Jews?
Mark Like Daniel, therefore, let us draw close to Jehovah, our God. When we humbly and obediently trust in him, we too will be precious in his eyes. How so?
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So parents, do not give up on your children, but teach them patiently. What contrasting challenges did Job experience?
The life of Job is a study in contrasts. Job Yet, despite all of this, Job did not develop a lofty view of himself or feel that he did not need God. He was driven to the depths of poverty and despair.
The cause, we know, was the slanderer Satan, who lyingly accused Job of worshipping God out of self-interest. So parents, do not give up on your children, but teach them patiently. What contrasting challenges did Job experience? The life of Job is a study in contrasts. Job Yet, despite all of this, Job did not develop a lofty view of himself or feel that he did not need God. He was driven to the depths of poverty and despair. The cause, we know, was the slanderer Satan, who lyingly accused Job of worshipping God out of self-interest.
Jehovah did not sweep aside that wicked accusation. Instead, he gave Job the opportunity to prove his integrity, to show that his worship stemmed from a pure, unselfish heart. Job Then three false comforters arrived and attacked Job with cruel words, basically saying that God was giving him what he deserved! Job ; , Yet, Job maintained his integrity. Yes, he spoke rashly at times, but Jehovah understood the pain Job felt. Job God saw a deeply depressed man who never turned his back on Him, even though Satan, in effect, threw Job to the ground and then verbally kicked him with lying insults.
When the trial was over, Jehovah gave Job double what he had before the trial began, as well as an added years of life. How can we be sure? Job had been dead for many centuries when Ezekiel recorded the words of our theme text. No matter what our circumstances may be, let us always keep Jehovah at the center of our lives, trusting him fully and obeying him with a complete heart. Indeed, we have even more reason to do so than Job had!
Consider: We know a lot about Satan and his tactics. Like Job, some may even speak rashly at times. In this way, we imitate our loving and merciful Father, Jehovah. He will make you firm, he will make you strong, he will firmly ground you. What will we consider in the next article? All of us desire to be made strong by Jehovah and to remain firm in our worship. Therefore, we want to imitate the faith and obedience of Noah, Daniel, and Job! As we shall see in the next article, the key to their integrity was that they truly knew Jehovah.
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