You are worthy, Jehovah our God, to receive the glory and the honor
and the power, because you created all things, and because of your will
they came into existence and were created.
The two cornerstones of Jehovah’s sovereignty are his RIGHT, and his RIGHTEOUSNESS. The scripture in Revelation above shows why God has the right to be our sovereign. He is the Creator. He is worthy to have the power because he made all things. When we choose to be obedient to God’s commands we are acknowledging that he has the right to set laws for his intelligent creation.
What about his righteousness? This is where the understanding of why Jehovah gives us certain commands comes in. The Bible is rich with detail of his dealings with mankind from the very beginning. Jehovah caused all this information to be recorded because he doesn’t want blind obedience. He’s not that kind of God. He invites us to use our free will to love him and to obey him. He has the right to be obeyed, but his commands are also righteous. He reveals himself to us in the pages of the Bible so that we can get to know him and to understand that he is a loving God who has our best interests foremost in mind.
In fact, he asks us to “Taste and see that Jehovah is good.” Psalm 34:8. How would you know if a new food appeals to you if you don’t try it out for yourself? Your family and friends may like it/not like it, but that doesn’t mean you will. The only way to be sure is if you taste it for yourself. Jehovah invites us to “taste and see” for ourselves. He knows how the human mind and heart work, because he designed them. He knows what’s truly good for us, not just for the next five minutes but forever. When we do things his way, and experience for ourselves how matters work out for us in the long term, we grow in confidence in this loving and righteous God, and we can start to see how all of his commands will lead us in the path of true happiness.
(An interesting side point is that Jehovah always abides by his own standard of righteousness. Of how many humans in positions of authority can that be said? What an endearing quality! This is a person who can be trusted and relied on with the utmost confidence.)
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The law of Jehovah is perfect, restoring strength.
The reminder of Jehovah is trustworthy, making the inexperienced one wise.
The orders from Jehovah are righteous, causing the heart to rejoice;
The commandment of Jehovah is clean, making the eyes shine.
The fear of Jehovah is pure, lasting forever.
The judgments of Jehovah are true, altogether righteous.
They are more desirable than gold,
Than much fine gold,
And sweeter than honey, the honey that drips from the combs.
By them your servant has been warned;
In keeping them, there is a large reward.
Exquisite words from one of my favourite Psalms. The chapter on Living in a Way that Pleases God comments that changing your behaviour may be the greatest challenge you have ever faced, (paragraph 18) and that effort is required to “clothe yourself with the new personality”, Colossians 3:9,10 (para 22). But meeting this challenge brings great satisfaction, happiness, and rich rewards, as the above Psalm says. Most importantly, you are personally giving an answer to Satan’s challenge and making God’s heart rejoice!
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God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear,
but along with the temptation he will also make the way out
so that you may be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
With Jehovah’s loving and effective help, we can live in a way that pleases him despite our own imperfection and the opposition of Satan. The scripture above assures us of that. God knows all of our imperfections, but he also knows our potential. He knows us better than we know ourselves, (Psalm 103:14) and he can help us to obey him, if that’s what we want. By means of his holy spirit – Jehovah’s power in action – we can live a life in harmony with God’s will. Becoming Jehovah’s friend is something that is within our reach!
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and yet his commandments are not burdensome.
1 John 5:3
Another method Satan uses to turn people away from living in a way that pleases God is more subtle than outright opposition and persecution. 2 Corinthians 11:14 says, “Satan himself keeps disguising himself as an angel of light.” So we can expect misinformation and misdirection to be features of this aspect. We can keep on our guard against this by using the Bible as a filter when examining spiritual concepts. God’s word is truth, so anything that contradicts it or is out of harmony with it won’t pass through the “filter” and is wisely discarded.
Satan also loves to use discouragement because it’s a powerful weapon in making people feel that they are not good enough to serve God. (Proverbs 24:10) That is a particularly cowardly and vicious lie. God’s Son died for all, so that all who exercise faith in him might have everlasting life. Although we are imperfect, we can have a good relationship with Jehovah through the ransom sacrifice of Jesus, by finding out how to live in a way that pleases God.
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This is what Jehovah says, your Repurchaser, the Holy One of Israel:
“I, Jehovah, am your God,
The One teaching you to benefit yourself,
The One guiding you in the way you should walk.
If only you would pay attention to my commandments!
Then your peace would become just like a river
And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
Satan uses many methods in his efforts to turn people away from living in a way that pleases God. One way is described in 1 Peter 5:8, “Your adversary, the Devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour someone.” Resisting these pressures puts us firmly on Jehovah’s side of the issue of Universal Sovereignty, and brings great satisfaction, personal happiness – and peace.
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Be wise, my son, and make my heart rejoice,
So that I can make a reply to him who taunts me.
I mentioned in my last post that the issues raised in the account of Job are still unfolding AND that they involve you and me. How can that be? The words of Proverbs 27:11 above were written under inspiration hundreds of years after Job’s death, showing that Satan was still taunting God and accusing his servants. So this matter of integrity to God still involves all those who want to live in a way that pleases Jehovah. Am I willing/are you willing to put in the effort of coming to understand that God has the right to make laws for us? To understand that those laws are designed for our long-term benefit and happiness? To use our free will to voluntarily obey God, even if it means making changes in our lives? Those who do this have the wonderful privilege of taking part in answering Satan’s claims. And making God’s heart rejoice!
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…and this sketch from Mojo Monday.
I meant to include this mat in the download folder of my previous card.
It’s in with today’s card ;-)
And Jehovah said to Satan: “Have you taken note of my servant Job?
There is no one like him on the earth.
He is an upright man of integrity,
fearing God and shunning what is bad.”
The Bible teaches how Satan challenged God’s right to rule, and the righteousness of his rule. The rebellion in Eden demonstrated this. (I talked about this in a little more detail HERE and HERE.) The account of Job sheds more light on this issue of Universal Sovereignty, and shows how it is still relevant today and involves you and me and everyone living.
In the book of Job, we see the unfolding of events when Satan claims that Job only serves God because it’s to his advantage. Satan questions Job’s motives for serving God and asserts that given a chance, he can turn Job away from serving God.
…”Have you not put up a protective hedge around him and his house and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his livestock has spread out in the land. But, for a change, stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your very face.” Job 1: 10,11
But Jehovah has confidence in Job. He knows that Job serves him out of love. And even though Job doesn’t know anything about what is happening behind the scenes, so to speak, he keeps his integrity despite terrible suffering.
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