The prime lesson Jehovah has yet to teach us is trust, humility, and honesty. Those qualities are not something that one can develop by merely reading words on a page. Unfortunately, human nature being what it is and the prevalence of malignant spirits, the most vital, life-saving instructions your Grand Instructor will yet impart will require a strong disciplinarian's hand to administer. It is the only way.You will see your Grand Instructor.—Isa. 30:20.
Jehovah is a patient, kind, understanding Teacher. He looks for the good in his students. (Ps. 130:3) And he never expects more of us than we can do. Remember, he designed your brain, a wonderful gift. (Ps. 139:14) Our Creator wants us to keep learning forever—and to enjoy it. So it is wise to “form a longing” for Bible truths now. (1 Pet. 2:2) Set goals that you can reach, and stick to a schedule of Bible reading and study. (Josh. 1:8) With Jehovah’s blessing, you will come to enjoy reading and learning about him more and more. Knowledge alone is never enough. Its primary value is in how it helps you to learn more about Jehovah and to develop such qualities as love for him and faith in him. (1 Cor. 8:1-3) As you continue learning, keep asking Jehovah to help you gain more faith. (Luke 17:5) He generously answers such prayers. w23.03 10 ¶11, 13
And so, if Jehovah looks for the good in his students and instead sees baneful issues such as willful blindness, idolatrous greed, self-righteousness, unreasonableness, and even a haughty spirit, combined with a malicious intent to deceive on the part of the leaders, Jehovah knows how to fix it. It will not be pleasant. No, it will be very painful. But the end result will be worth it--provided one has the inner strength to endure it. Indeed, who will endure the day of his coming and who will be able to stand when he appears? I remember reading that somewhere...
If one were to actually read the context of the 30th chapter of Isaiah it is all laid out. Here, let's read it together: "Though Jehovah will give you bread in the form of distress and water in the form of oppression, your Grand Instructor will no longer hide himself, and you will see your Grand Instructor with your own eyes. And your own ears will hear a word behind you saying, “This is the way. Walk in it,” in case you should go to the right or in case you should go to the left."
In what way has Jehovah hidden himself? He has allowed his people to go their own way; he has even permitted wicked men to be the most prominent teachers. He has not intervened to correct the prevailing delusion that he began ruling as King back in 19...whenever. Jehovah has even allowed himself to be robbed. He has stayed hidden even while an organization is worshipped and held on high as the true light. He is patient.
In what way has God given his people "bread in the form of distress and water in the form of oppression"? He has not. Not yet. It is coming in the form of the great tribulation. And guess who will be dispensing the bread and water? Communist tyrants, from whom there will be no escape. Like a plague of swarming locusts, they will devour everything. Money? Forget it. It's gone. It has to be this way. Did you really think God was just going to destroy false religion and then lead you into paradise?
And this foolishness about an invisible parousia. What utter nonsense. Of course, even those who have actually been anointed will continue to allow themselves to be deluded until you hear a word behind you and then you will see your Grand Instructor. Sort of reminds me of when Mary went to the tomb looking for the corpse of Jesus and she mistook him for the gardener and then she heard a word behind her, saying: "Mary!" And Mary turned and recognized that it was Jesus and she said: "Rabboni!"
Do you know what "Rabboni" means? Grand Instructor, indeed!
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