Wednesday, November 22
Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you.—Jas. 4:8.
By continuing to ponder over spiritual things, we will maintain our enthusiasm for the truth. Thus we will be a source of refreshment to our brothers and to the interested ones we meet in the field service. Meditating deeply on God’s greatest gift, the ransom sacrifice of Jesus, will help us to cherish the privilege of having a close relationship with our Holy Father, Jehovah. (Rom. 3:24) Mark, a South African who spent three years in prison because of his Christian neutrality, said: “Meditation can be compared to an exciting adventure. The more we meditate on spiritual things, the more we discover new things about our God, Jehovah. At times when I’m feeling a little discouraged or anxious about the future, I pick up the Bible and meditate on a passage of Scripture. I feel that it really calms me down.” w15 10/15 4:15
Any of you ever felt close to Jehovah? I can honestly say that I definitely haven't, even when I was fully in. How can I be expected to draw close to someone who does not interact with me??? Keep in mind that we are already at a great disadvantage by not being able to see or meet Jehovah, so the VERY LEAST he could do is to find a way to interact with us. Unfortunately, he does not do so but still expects us to draw close to him. Does this even make any sense???
We are asked to draw close to Jehovah by prayer. The problem is that we live in a scientifically advanced age where communication is instantaneous. For example, when I send a WhatsApp message to another person, I would see 2 blue ticks as proof to indicate that my message has been read. When I pray, however, what proof do I receive that my prayer has been heard by Jehovah??? None at all!!!
JW's say that we receive proof when Jehovah answers prayers. In all my years as a JW, however, I can't recall a single instance whereby I received irrefutable proof that my prayer was answered by Jehovah. Anything viewed as an "answer" could simply be attributed to coincidence rather than something definite & undeniable which can be clearly attributed to Jehovah's hand in the matter. There was no hard evidence at all!
Speaking about evidence, with the obvious lack of communication & interaction, there is no evidence at all that Jehovah exists in the first place when such proof is critically needed during our time! We are at a very unfair disadvantage. Think about it according to the biblical story:
Adam & Eve: Perfect human beings who were able to communicate with Jehovah & thus had proof that he existed
Us: Imperfect human beings with no such proof at all!
By being asked to "draw close to God" in the absence of any irrefutable proof that he exists, we are in fact being asked to put the cart before the horse. Logically speaking, Jehovah should first of all convince us beyond all doubt that he exists BEFORE asking us to draw close to him! I do not want to turn this into a debate about whether God exists or not, but based on what we were taught as JW's, IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE for a "loving" God to NOT convince people beyond all doubt that he exists then proceed to destroy them for not believing in him!