Judges, chapters 5-7

The villagers in Israel were no more;
They were no more until I, Deborah, rose up,
Until I arose as a mother in Israel.
~Judges 5:7

Here, the prophetess Deborah is praised in song for leading the Israelites in victorious battle against their oppressors (Jud. 4:14-16).

As women, we should never feel so powerless or intimidated by men to the point where we restrain from delivering God’s message .

To assume no one will listen to us is to underestimate the power of God’s word, for he is the one who puts it into action, and he will use any means he wishes to achieve its purpose (Isa. 55:10,11).

Therefor, may we not shy away from making a difference.
Let us seize decisive moments and speak God’s truth (John 17:17).

Deuteronomy, chapters 4-6

When you are in great distress and all these things have happened to you in later times, then you will return to Jehovah your God and listen to his voice.

~Deuteronomy 4:30

Jehovah knew that eventually the Israelites’ descendants would lose faith in him and be ‘scattered among the peoples,’ (De. 4:27).

There, they would offend him when they fell into the practice of idol worshiping (De. 4:28).

But he would not forsake them.

“If you search for Jehovah your God from there, you will certainly find him, if you inquire for him with all your heart and with all your soul. […] For Jehovah your God is a merciful God. He will not desert you or bring you to ruin or forget the covenant that he swore to your forefathers,” (De. 4:29, 31).

Within the congregation, this may apply to those who either in the past or future commit serious sins against Jehovah and break the pact they made with him upon baptism.

What recourse do they have when later on in life they find themselves alone and in trouble?

God himself extends the following invitation:

“[…] If you return to me and observe my commandments and obey them, though your dispersed people should be at the end of the heavens, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place that I have chosen to have my name reside,” (Ne. 1:9).

The congregation doors are still open “and he will not turn his face away from you if you return to him,” (2 Ch. 30:9).

Deuteronomy, chapters 1-3

“‘And you saw in the wilderness how Jehovah your God carried you just as a man carries his son, everywhere you went until you came to this place.’ […] Who was going ahead of you on the way, to spy out a place for you to camp. He appeared by fire at night and by a cloud in the daytime to show you the way you should walk.”
~Deuteronomy 1:31,33

During trying times, the future may appear to us like a dark, unknown wilderness.

It becomes much more difficult to discern what direction our life should take.

We need strong faith to trust that God will somehow provide us with all we need to sustain ourselves and our families (Ps. 37:25; Matt. 6:31).

A step in the wrong direction may set us back years financially or psychologically, or may even ruin our most intimate relationships.

Faith helps keep us cool-headed so that we do not rush toward the first available option or needlessly argue with our family, only to later regret it.

During their 40-year wandering, the Israelites lacked nothing (De. 2:7; 8:4).

Jehovah God visibly advised them of when to set up camp or when to move and in what direction.

Their leaders knew that they would some day arrive to the Promised Land if they kept following God’s guidance.

Nowadays, instead of fire or a cloud, we have God’s visible organization funneling spiritual food at the proper time’ to his people all over the earth (Matt. 24:45).

This spiritual food that nurtures our faith now comes in a new video and audio platform: Tv.jw.org.

There, we can find sound entertainment to help develop our ‘power to distinguish right and wrong’ (Heb. 5:14).

A mature faith will help us recognize what direction God wants us to head next and act accordingly.

Thus we will not wander around so much and the time it takes to arrive at the “Promised Land” will seem shorter (Rev. 21:4).

Genesis, chapters 43-46

Genesis 45:17,18,20~

So Phar′aoh said to Joseph:[…]”Take your father and your households and come here to me. I will give you the good things of the land of Egypt, and you will eat the richest part of the land.[…] Do not worry about your belongings, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.”

Israel’s household went from being on the verge of dying of starvation to living in the most abundant environment available at the time.

This reminds me of the spiritual abundance God’s people enjoy nowadays.

We live in a world that is spiritually deprived.

Although religion is everywhere, most people wonder where God is and they are not sure he listens to them or how to draw close to him.

Some go so far as to try to experience spirituality through fleshly conducts such as drugs or sex.

When some of my friends have participated witnessing in the streets, pastors from other churches have come up to them and asked them for our literature because they do not know what to teach their followers.

It is a blessing to be a part of God’s people- an organization that provides spiritual food in abundance.

This “food” comes in the form of answers to both basic and deep questions:

Who is God?

What is the purpose of life?

Why is there so much suffering?

What happens when we die?

Should I get a divorce?

When will the “end” come?

Does God forgive all sins?

This spiritual abundance is reminiscent of other Bible prophecies:

‘Look! The days are coming,’ declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah,

‘When I will send a famine into the land,

Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water,

But for hearing the words of Jehovah.’

(Amos 8:11)

Jacob comes to Egypt and meets with his son Joseph.

Jacob comes to Egypt and meets with his son Joseph.

Genesis, chapters 1-5

Gen. 2:19~

Now Jehovah God had been forming from the ground every wild animal of the field and every flying creature of the heavens, and he began bringing them to the man to see what he would call each one; and whatever the man would call each living creature, that became its name.

What I learned:

When God delegates a task, he provides the person with the necessary resources for the task to be accomplished.

He is also flexible in allowing the person to take creative liberties and supports the person’s decisions regarding the task.

Being trusting and supportive are qualities worthy of imitating.

God gave the first people full, satisfying lives.

God gave the first people full, satisfying lives.