I, Jehovah, am your God, the One teaching you to benefit yourself, the One guiding you in the way you should walk. This is taken from Isaiah 48:17.
Whether we are anointed Christians or we are members of the great crowd, we can experience the bright future promised in God’s Word. To do so, however, we must comply with Jehovah’s requirements. In the book of Isaiah 48:18 tells us: “If only you would pay attention to my commandments! Then your peace would become just like a river And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”
Consider the Israelites under the Mosaic Law. One purpose of the Law was to protect the people of Israel by giving them wholesome statutes regulating sexual conduct, business dealings, child care, proper treatment of fellow humans, and so forth. In the book of Exodus 20:14 tells us: ““You must not commit adultery.” Leviticus 19:18 tells us: ““‘You must not take vengeance nor hold a grudge against the sons of your people, and you must love your fellow man as yourself. I am Jehovah.” Leviticus 19:35-37 tells us: ““‘You must not use dishonest standards in measuring length, weight, or volume. You should use accurate scales, accurate weights, an accurate dry measure, and an accurate liquid measure. I am Jehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. So you must keep all my statutes and all my judicial decisions, and you must follow them. I am Jehovah.’”” Deuteronomy 6:6-9 tells us: “These words that I am commanding you today must be on your heart, and you must inculcate them in your sons and speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road and when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as a reminder on your hand, and they must be like a headband on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
Complying with God’s requirements benefits us in similar ways—and we certainly do not find it burdensome to do his will. 1 John 5:3 tells us: “For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome,”
In fact, as the Israelites were safeguarded by the Law, our compliance with Jehovah God’s laws and principles not only protects us but also keeps us “healthy in the faith.” Titus 1:13 tells us: “This witness is true. For this very reason, keep on reproving them with severity so that they may be healthy in the faith,”