Some of my random musings; Hope it's not too lengthy.
Growing up a jw’s we were always taught that Jehovah
would protect his loyal servants—right? We would often hear some very
encouraging experience of how a jw, usually in a foreign country with an
anonymous name, narrowly escaped, this or that, due to Jehovah looking over him/her
and protecting them. Sometimes stories from the bible or some experiences of
how Jehovah protected Rutherford and the 8 brothers thrown in jail in 1916 made
a convincing argument. We ate it up!
When a situation would come up or a disaster would
happen and loyal jw’s died or were killed, it was explained away that Jehovah
may not always protect us as individuals,
but as an organization! That explanation never did sound quite right,
but we ate it up anyway! Slowly, I began
to wonder, why does Jehovah only protect certain ones of his loyal servants and
not others? What are the criteria that would qualify a loyal servant worthy to
be miraculously protected? Are some just more worthy than others? Are some just
I started taking a mental inventory of the things I remember
reading in the Bible to see if I could find the answers therein and these are
just a few of the things that came to mind right away:
After Satan seduced innocent Eve, why didn’t Jehovah
warn Adam to beware of Eve’s disastrous ploy? After all, up till that time,
Adam had been a very loyal servant taking care of Paradise!
Why did Jehovah admonish wicked Cain, knowing what
he was planning to do to loyal Abel, but not give a heads up to loyal Abel so
that he could at least defend himself?
Abel! Your bro is looking to take you out! Watch your back good buddy!” Remember
too that at that time, loyal Abel was the only loyal servant of Jehovah on
Jehovah protected loyal Noah and his loyal family. Why
could loyal Noah and his loyal family not save even one “worldly” person before
the flood? Was every other person on earth so ‘wicked’ that they need to be drowned?
Why did Jehovah allow extremely loyal Jonathan to be
killed right alongside of his very disloyal father Saul? But David, the immoral
hothead, gets wealth, fame, and glory and gets to die old and satisfied in
years? David must have been more loyaler than loyal Jonathan.
Just too many to post but feel free to add you
favorites! One modern event demonstrating how Jehovah protects his loyal ones that
really sticksout to me:
Why on November 6, 2013 did Jehovah allow super Typhoon
Haiyan to strike the Philippines where very tragically 43 very loyal JW’s lost
their lives? But even more puzzling and tragic is the fact that 22 of those loyal
servants of Jehovah were swept out to sea while they were gathered together in a
Kingdom Hall for worship!