Or when you’re lonely or tired or feel like you can’t go on with this life anymore; when you feel like a man wandering through a dark cave with his torch fast flickering to extinction, which Scriptures do you draw comfort from?*
*Note: I am only interested in answers from Jehovah’s…
Dear Tears of Oberon:
James 5:11 reads:
“Look! We pronounce happy those who have endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome Jehovah gave, that Jehovah is very tender in affection and merciful.”
For so many reasons this is one of my favorite scriptures. The word here rendered tender literally reads in the koine Greek “having much bowels.” According to Vine’s Expository Dictionary, the Greek splancha (from which this word is derived) literally means “the bowels.” The Greeks regarded the bowels as the seat of the more violent passions, the Hebrews regarded them as the seat of the tender “affections;” hence the word carries the thought of “tender mercies” and is rendered as ‘affections’ in 2 Corinthians 6:12.
So Jehovah’s love and affection for us is so tender that it runs as deep as internal organs, if you will.
Whenever I read the portion that says Jehovah is very tender, I always get a visual. Sometimes of a mommy, sometimes of a daddy. Today, I see a big, powerful man holding his son – a two-year old toddler – in his arms. The toddler’s chubby arms are wrapped around his daddy’s neck, the toddler is fast asleep, safe and secure in the muscular arms of daddy who is holding him easily, securely, lovingly, rubbing his face against his baby boy’s hair.
My dear Tears of Oberon, with whom I myself am now in tears as I type, please be assured and please do remember how the true God Jehovah loves you. You are his, you belong to him. He loves you tenderly. He is eager to deliver you (and indeed deliver us all) from the pain and oft-times agony of this system. He is longing for the work of his hands. What does that mean? Job, who suffered terribly yet endured tells us something profound about Jehovah God at Job 14:15:
“If an able-bodied man dies can he live again? All the days of my compulsory service (death) I shall wait until my relief comes. You will call (in the resurrection) and I myself shall answer you. For the work of your hands you will have a yearning.”
Our interest lies particularly in that last part – Jehovah will have a yearning for the work of his hands. He yearns to resurrect his beloved friends, Abraham, Moses, Hannah, Sarah, Jacob. But he yearns for the happiness of all his faithful who are still alive. That includes you, Tears.
So when you are sad, as perhaps you are now, please do endure, as did Job. Please do remember your heavenly father’s tender affection for you as we read at James. And please do remember your heavenly father’s yearning for you – the work of his hands – as we read at Job. He adores you. The most awesome person in the entire universe is hurt at heart when you are because he loves you so. And because he loves you so, he will deliver you soon. He will deliver us all soon. Hold on my dear Tears of Oberon. Wrap your chubby arms around the neck of your heavenly father and hold on tight.
May the Sovereign Lord God Jehovah of Armies bless you and keep you always.
Hannah J Paul
P.S. I agree with Sherry. You should go to a doctor in order to get help for serious depression.
Isaiah 65 and Revelation 21:3,4 are good to reflect on.
Also Hebrews chapter 11, describing what true faith is and recounting the faith of Jehovah’s servants from ancient times.
Looking up faithful examples such as Noah, Moses, Job, Daniel, the apostle Paul, Jesus, and others is helpful too.
I find reflecting on the Paradise and what the New System will be like to be encouraging.
I have tried to think of how even something as simple as conversation will change in the New System when there will be no more wars and global crisis anymore.
If a person is a baptised Jehovahs Witness he/she would already know that our vote is for Gods kingdom…why would we vote for a system which is in opposition to Gods purpose for mankind? Even unbapised publishers know this so there would be no excuse for doing so. But if it was a one off vote in a moment of weakness then God would forgive but not if it was a pattern of behaviour. I cant recall the words to the hymn but if one was brought up in the church and there were no words which indicated a belief in paganistic type christianity then why would God punish that? I celebrate Fathers Day…it is a matter of conscience because it is a modern day practice not linked to paganism. A person can cook turkey on whatever day they like regardless of the custom for that particular day of the year So, in answer to your question, does Jehovah get sad, if the person is unaware? It depends on the behaviour and how important it is…e.g yes, for point 4 as there is no excuse for not knowing…it is central to our faith that we pray for Gods kingdom to come on earth and are loyal to that kingdom. Igorance would be no excuse. There is a scripture which says we are judged by our conscience but this wouldnt be an excuse if say we had sex outside of marriage and didnt feel guilty about it…it relates more to point 1 than any other one you have provided I think Can I just point out that we dont have to be evil to be punished…punishment has a part to play in shaping behaviour, ask any parent!
mathew 24-13 gives us a reason to keep going
mathew 7 vs’s 13 and 14 remind us that it’s going to be tough
romans 14 s’s 7 and 8 reminds us of our accountability
1corinthians 7 vs’s 29-31 reminds us that we are close
2peter 3-9 reinforces that Jehovah knows exactly what he’s doing by holding off
1john 2-17 puts all this into pespective
have a great evening brother hope these scriptures help, and know this many of us are struggling , i know i do , but like peter said where else do we have to go? i often tell my boys the things i get satisfaction out of the most are the things that didn’t come easy, keep going i’ll mention you in my prayers
I’m sorry to hear you are feeling down.
There was a brother who was interviewed at our two day assembly recently and he brought out that the only foresure thing we have in this system is our relationship with Jehovah.
He mentioned the scripture at Ro. 8:35, 38 & 39 it says:
“Who will separate us from the love of the Christ? Will tribulation or distress or persecution or hunger or nakedness or danger or sword? ….For I am convinced that neither death nor life nor angels nor governments nor things now here nor things to come nor powers nor height nor depth nor any other creation will be able to separate us from God’s love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
So no matter what we are going through, we can always rely Jehovah, he loves us no matter what. So please throw your burden on him through prayer and personal study, (Ps 55:22) and by means of his holy spirit, he will give you the strength to endure.
Also, don’t isolate yourself, get out and be around friends and family that are upbuilding to you. Get to the meetings and service. Confide in someone you feel comfortable with that will be there for you always. Staying busy in serving Jehovah takes our mind off of our problems, because we are putting others before ourselves.
Stay strong, don’t let Satan succeed in destroying your spirit. Jehovah loves, Jesus loves you, we love you and you are in our prayers.
How heartening it is to know that our loving and all-powerful God, Jehovah, cares for us and that he will shortly bring relief to mankind.
HOW CAN WE COPE WITH SUFFERING?
“Throw all your anxiety upon [God].” (1 Peter 5:7) Feelings of confusion, anger, and abandonment are only natural when we endure suffering or see someone we love suffer. Still, be assured that Jehovah understands our feelings. (Exodus 3:7; Isaiah 63:9) Like faithful men of old, we can open our heart to him and express our doubts and anxieties. (Exodus 5:22; Job 10:1-3; Jeremiah 14:19; Habakkuk 1:13) He may not miraculously remove our trials, but in response to our heartfelt prayers, he can grant us the wisdom and strength to deal with them.—James 1:5, 6.
“Do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.” (1 Peter 4:12, New International Version) Here Peter is speaking of persecution, but his words apply equally well to any suffering a believer may endure. Humans suffer privation, sickness, and loss. The Bible says that “time and unforeseen occurrence” befall everyone. (Ecclesiastes 9:11) Such things are part of the human condition at present. Realizing this will help us to deal with suffering and misfortune when it occurs. (1 Peter 5:9) Most of all, recalling the assurance that “the eyes of Jehovah are toward the righteous ones, and his ears are toward their cry for help” will especially be a source of comfort.—Psalm 34:15; Proverbs 15:3; 1 Peter 3:12.
“Rejoice in the hope.” (Romans 12:12) Instead of dwelling on lost happiness, we can meditate on God’s promise to end all suffering. (Ecclesiastes 7:10) This well-founded hope will protect us as a helmet protects the head. Hope cushions the blows in life and helps to ensure that they do not prove fatal to our mental, emotional, or spiritual health.—1 Thessalonians 5:8.
Scriptures are the only source of power because Jehovah gives our by them. For me Psalm 46:1,2–God is for us a refuge and strength,
A help that is readily to be found during distresses. That is why we shall not fear, though the earth undergo change
And though the mountains totter into the heart of the vast sea;
and 1John 5:4–because everything that has been born from God conquers the world. And this is the conquest that has conquered the world, our faith. it’s a real support for me
I like the one that says when we suffer for righteousness sake Jehovah keeps our tears in a bottle.
He cares what happens to us.
And when we are reminded that the angels are watching the sons of men and are interested in us….and they rejoice when we do something good…and are sad when we do something bad.
Just think of it…heaven reviews our day….it makes us to feel closer to Jehovah and encourages us to be kind to others and lift their mood. That someone does really know and sympathies with what we are going through.
And what about the one that says Jehovah is taking hold of our right hand with his right hand, meaning he is facing us.
Jehovah is a loving God and he cares for you.
We all are more depressed as this system comes to a close…Times are critical and hard to deal with.
Soon will be the most exciting time in the history of this planet…stick around, it promises to be quite a show.
Dear One, I too have battled with days of depression, and I feel your pain. Please know that your brothers and sisters throughout the earth love you and are praying for you.
These times we live in are critical ones as you well know, and our advisary the devil, keeps trying to beat us up to the point where we give up! But we have a helper….God’s Holy Spirit, which can bring balance and peace into our lives.
Romans 15:4 says…”for all the things that were written aforetime were written for our instruction; that through our endurance, and through the comfort from the scriptures, we might have hope.”
Whatever it is that you’re going thru….Jehovah God already knows and is working out a way to eleviate your pain…..don’t give up and don’t tire out. We are only human, but we can “endure” with His help and the help from our worldwide family.
Hi, i will try to answer you in english. My favorite biblique text is revelation (apocalyspe) 21:4> that scripture encourage me to stay with my brother and sister in my religion.
I want to say, i am sick m.s and it’s hard to leave with that kind of sickness because i never know when i will not able to walk and i start to be blind but i put all my feld on Jéhovah and he support me.
Sorry for my bad english but the most important it’s when i write someting, i have to understand myself. I am french québecers and believe me or not, i am in english congregation. snifff, snifff, snifff. i cry because sometime when i go to the meeting i don’t understant everything. so have a good night.
personally i call my best friend who is a fellow Witness and talk I go to Jehovah inprayer and tell him how I am feeling. I try to study, And I make sure I go to all my meetings . I don’t suffer w/ depression, but i know those who do and they say going to the meeting is the best thing for them. Because they surround themselves with fellow believers, and that gives them strength.