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(src)="1"> 1 “ Trust in Jehovah and Do What Is Good ”
(trg)="1"> 1 “ Trust in Jehovah and Do What Is Good ”

(src)="2"> This article discusses how our yeartext for 2017 encourages us to look to Jehovah for help when faced with challenges .
(trg)="2"> This article discusses how our yeartext for 2017 encourages us to look to Jehovah for help when faced with challenges .

(src)="3"> Using faithful examples from the past , we will examine how we can trust in Jehovah to support us while taking whatever action we can to solve problems and help others .
(trg)="3"> Using faithful examples from the past , we will examine how we can trust in Jehovah to support us while taking whatever action we can to solve problems and help others .

(src)="4"> 2 Treasure Your Gift of Free Will
(trg)="4"> 2 Treasure Your Gift of Free Will

(src)="5"> In this article , we will learn how to treasure God’s gift of free will by using it in a way that pleases the Giver of that gift .
(trg)="5"> In this article , we will learn how to treasure God’s gift of free will by using it in a way that pleases the Giver of that gift .

(src)="6"> It will also help us to see how we can respect the way that others exercise their gift of free will .
(trg)="6"> It will also help us to see how we can respect the way that others exercise their gift of free will .

(src)="7"> 3 Why Modesty Still Matters
(trg)="7"> 3 Why Modesty Still Matters

(src)="8"> 4 You Can Remain Modest Under Test
(trg)="8"> 4 You Can Remain Modest Under Test

(src)="9"> These articles will help us to understand better the desirable quality of modesty .
(trg)="9"> These articles will help us to understand better the desirable quality of modesty .

(src)="10"> The first article explains what modesty is and what it is not .
(trg)="10"> The first article explains what modesty is and what it is not .

(src)="11"> The second article teaches us how to remain modest even when we are under test .
(trg)="11"> The second article teaches us how to remain modest even when we are under test .

(src)="12"> 5 “ These Things Entrust to Faithful Men ”
(trg)="12"> 5 “ These Things Entrust to Faithful Men ”

(src)="13"> As one generation replaces another , younger ones take on the work of older ones .
(trg)="13"> As one generation replaces another , younger ones take on the work of older ones .

(src)="14"> This article discusses how both young and old can successfully make the transition .
(trg)="14"> This article discusses how both young and old can successfully make the transition .

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(src)="1"> “ Trust in Jehovah and do what is good . . . and act with faithfulness . ” ​ — PS .
(trg)="1"> “ Trust in Jehovah and do what is good . . . and act with faithfulness . ” ​ — PS .

(src)="2"> 37 : 3 .
(trg)="2"> 37 : 3 .

(src)="3"> SONGS : 133 , 18
(trg)="3"> SONGS : 133 , 63

(src)="4"> Noah ?
(trg)="4"> Noah ?

(src)="5"> David ?
(trg)="5"> David ?

(src)="6"> other faithful servants of Jehovah ?
(trg)="6"> other faithful servants of Jehovah ?

(src)="7"> Jehovah created humans with what remarkable abilities ?
(trg)="7"> Jehovah created humans with what remarkable abilities ?

(src)="8"> JEHOVAH created humans with remarkable abilities .
(trg)="8"> JEHOVAH created humans with remarkable abilities .

(src)="9"> He gave us thinking ability to solve problems and plan for the future .
(trg)="9"> He gave us thinking ability to solve problems and plan for the future .

(src)="10"> He gave us power to carry out our plans , enabling us to work toward proper goals .
(trg)="10"> He gave us power to carry out our plans , enabling us to work toward proper goals .

(src)="11"> He also created us with a conscience ​ — an inborn sense of right and wrong — ​ that can help us avoid wrongdoing and correct our mistakes when we fall short . ​ — Rom .
(trg)="11"> He also created us with a conscience ​ — an inborn sense of right and wrong — ​ that can help us avoid wrongdoing and correct our mistakes when we fall short . ​ — Rom .

(src)="12"> 2 : 15 .
(trg)="12"> 2 : 15 .

(src)="13"> How does Jehovah expect us to use our abilities ?
(trg)="13"> How does Jehovah expect us to use our abilities ?

(src)="14"> Jehovah expects us to put our abilities to good use .
(trg)="14"> Jehovah expects us to put our abilities to good use .

(src)="15"> Why ?
(trg)="15"> Why ?

(src)="16"> Because he loves us , and he knows that it brings us satisfaction when we employ these gifts .
(trg)="16"> Because he loves us , and he knows that it brings us satisfaction when we employ these gifts .

(src)="17"> Through his Word , Jehovah repeatedly admonishes us to use our abilities for good .
(trg)="17"> Through his Word , Jehovah repeatedly admonishes us to use our abilities for good .

(src)="18"> For example , in the Hebrew Scriptures , we read : “ The plans of the diligent surely lead to success ” ; and “ whatever your hand finds to do , do with all your might . ”
(trg)="18"> For example , in the Hebrew Scriptures , we read : “ The plans of the diligent surely lead to success ” ; and “ whatever your hand finds to do , do with all your might . ”

(src)="19"> In the Christian Greek Scriptures , we are told : “ As long as we have the opportunity , let us work what is good toward all ” ; and “ to the extent that each one has received a gift , use it in ministering to one another . ”
(trg)="19"> In the Christian Greek Scriptures , we are told : “ As long as we have the opportunity , let us work what is good toward all ” ; and “ to the extent that each one has received a gift , use it in ministering to one another . ”

(src)="20"> Clearly , Jehovah wants us to do what we can to benefit ourselves and others .
(trg)="20"> Clearly , Jehovah wants us to do what we can to benefit ourselves and others .

(src)="21"> What limitations do humans have ?
(trg)="21"> What limitations do humans have ?

(src)="22"> At the same time , Jehovah knows that humans have limitations .
(trg)="22"> At the same time , Jehovah knows that humans have limitations .

(src)="23"> On our own , we can never eliminate imperfection , sin , and death ; neither can we control other people , for all have free will .
(trg)="23"> On our own , we can never eliminate imperfection , sin , and death ; neither can we control other people , for all have free will .

(src)="24"> And no matter how much knowledge or experience we gain , we will always be like children in comparison with Jehovah . ​ — Isa .
(trg)="24"> And no matter how much knowledge or experience we gain , we will always be like children in comparison with Jehovah . ​ — Isa .

(src)="25"> 55 : 9 .
(trg)="25"> 55 : 9 .

(src)="27"> What will we consider in this article ?
(trg)="26"> What will we consider in this article ?

(src)="28"> In all circumstances , we need to lean on Jehovah for guidance , trusting in him to support us and do for us what we cannot do for ourselves .
(trg)="27"> In all circumstances , we need to lean on Jehovah for guidance , trusting in him to support us and do for us what we cannot do for ourselves .

(src)="29"> At the same time , we should do what we can , taking appropriate action to solve problems and help others .
(trg)="28"> At the same time , we should do what we can , taking appropriate action to solve problems and help others .

(src)="30"> ( Read Psalm 37 : 3 . )
(trg)="29"> ( Read Psalm 37 : 3 . )

(src)="31"> In short , we need both ‘ to trust in Jehovah and to do what is good ’ ; we need ‘ to act with faithfulness . ’
(trg)="30"> In short , we need both ‘ to trust in Jehovah and to do what is good ’ ; we need ‘ to act with faithfulness . ’

(src)="32"> In this regard , let us consider what we can learn from the examples of Noah , David , and other faithful servants of God who relied on Jehovah and took appropriate action .
(trg)="31"> In this regard , let us consider what we can learn from the examples of Noah , David , and other faithful servants of God who relied on Jehovah and took appropriate action .

(src)="33"> As we will see , this involved distinguishing between what they could not do and what they could do and then acting accordingly .
(trg)="32"> As we will see , this involved distinguishing between what they could not do and what they could do and then acting accordingly .

(src)="34"> Describe the situation that Noah faced .
(trg)="33"> Describe the situation that Noah faced .

(src)="35"> Noah lived in a world that was “ filled with violence ” and immorality .
(trg)="34"> Noah lived in a world that was “ filled with violence ” and immorality .

(src)="36"> He knew that Jehovah would eventually bring an end to that wicked world .
(trg)="35"> He knew that Jehovah would eventually bring an end to that wicked world .

(src)="37"> Even so , Noah must have been distressed by such ungodly conditions .
(trg)="36"> Even so , Noah must have been distressed by such ungodly conditions .

(src)="38"> In that situation , Noah recognized that there were some things he could not do but other things he could do .
(trg)="37"> In that situation , Noah recognized that there were some things he could not do but other things he could do .

(src)="40"> 6 , 7 . ( a ) What could Noah not do ?
(trg)="38"> 6 , 7 . ( a ) What could Noah not do ?

(src)="41"> ( b ) How are we in a situation similar to Noah’s ?
(trg)="39"> ( b ) How are we in a situation similar to Noah’s ?

(src)="42"> What Noah could not do : Although Noah faithfully preached Jehovah’s warning message , he could not force wicked people around him to accept that message , nor could he make the Flood come any sooner .
(trg)="40"> What Noah could not do : Although Noah faithfully preached Jehovah’s warning message , he could not force wicked people around him to accept that message , nor could he make the Flood come any sooner .

(src)="43"> Noah had to trust that Jehovah would keep His promise to end wickedness , believing that God would do so at just the right time . ​ — Gen .
(trg)="41"> Noah had to trust that Jehovah would keep His promise to end wickedness , believing that God would do so at just the right time . ​ — Gen .

(src)="44"> 6 : 17 .
(trg)="42"> 6 : 17 .

(src)="45"> We too live in a world filled with wickedness , which we know Jehovah has promised to destroy .
(trg)="43"> We too live in a world filled with wickedness , which we know Jehovah has promised to destroy .

(src)="46"> In the meantime , we cannot force people to accept the “ good news of the Kingdom . ”
(trg)="44"> In the meantime , we cannot force people to accept the “ good news of the Kingdom . ”

(src)="47"> And we cannot do anything to speed up the start of the “ great tribulation . ”
(trg)="45"> And we cannot do anything to speed up the start of the “ great tribulation . ”

(src)="48"> Like Noah , we need strong faith , trusting that God will soon intervene .
(trg)="46"> Like Noah , we need strong faith , trusting that God will soon intervene .

(src)="49"> We are convinced that Jehovah will not allow this wicked world to continue for even one day longer than his purpose requires . ​ — Hab .
(trg)="47"> We are convinced that Jehovah will not allow this wicked world to continue for even one day longer than his purpose requires . ​ — Hab .

(src)="50"> 2 : 3 .
(trg)="48"> 2 : 3 .

(src)="51"> How did Noah focus on what he could do ?
(trg)="49"> How did Noah focus on what he could do ?

(src)="52"> ( See opening picture . )
(trg)="50"> ( See opening picture . )

(src)="53"> What Noah could do : Instead of giving up because of what he could not do , Noah focused on what he could do .
(trg)="51"> What Noah could do : Instead of giving up because of what he could not do , Noah focused on what he could do .

(src)="54"> As “ a preacher of righteousness , ” Noah faithfully proclaimed the warning message he had been given .
(trg)="52"> As “ a preacher of righteousness , ” Noah faithfully proclaimed the warning message he had been given .

(src)="55"> No doubt , doing so helped Noah keep his faith strong .
(trg)="53"> No doubt , doing so helped Noah keep his faith strong .

(src)="56"> In addition to preaching , he also used his physical and mental abilities to accomplish the God - assigned work of building an ark . ​ — Read Hebrews 11 : 7 .
(trg)="54"> In addition to preaching , he also used his physical and mental abilities to accomplish the God - assigned work of building an ark . ​ — Read Hebrews 11 : 7 .

(src)="57"> How can we imitate Noah’s example ?
(trg)="55"> How can we imitate Noah’s example ?

(src)="58"> Like Noah , we strive to have “ plenty to do in the work of the Lord . ”
(trg)="56"> Like Noah , we strive to have “ plenty to do in the work of the Lord . ”

(src)="59"> Such work may include the construction and maintenance of facilities for worship , volunteering to assist at assemblies and conventions , or caring for assignments at a branch office or a remote translation office .
(trg)="57"> Such work may include the construction and maintenance of facilities for worship , volunteering to assist at assemblies and conventions , or caring for assignments at a branch office or a remote translation office .

(src)="60"> Above all , we stay busy in the preaching work , knowing that this work strengthens our hope for the future .
(trg)="58"> Above all , we stay busy in the preaching work , knowing that this work strengthens our hope for the future .

(src)="61"> One faithful sister put it this way : “ When you talk to others about the blessings of God’s Kingdom , you realize that your listeners have absolutely no hope and that they see their problems as permanent . ”
(trg)="59"> One faithful sister put it this way : “ When you talk to others about the blessings of God’s Kingdom , you realize that your listeners have absolutely no hope and that they see their problems as permanent . ”

(src)="62"> Indeed , sharing in the preaching work fortifies our positive view of the future and our resolve not to give up in the race for life . ​ — 1 Cor .
(trg)="60"> Indeed , sharing in the preaching work fortifies our positive view of the future and our resolve not to give up in the race for life . ​ — 1 Cor .

(src)="63"> 9 : 24 .
(trg)="61"> 9 : 24 .

(src)="64"> Describe the situation that David faced .
(trg)="62"> Describe the situation that David faced .

(src)="65"> Jehovah described King David as “ a man agreeable to [ his ] heart . ”
(trg)="63"> Jehovah described King David as “ a man agreeable to [ his ] heart . ”

(src)="66"> Overall , David’s life course was one of faithfulness .
(trg)="64"> Overall , David’s life course was one of faithfulness .

(src)="67"> Even so , on occasion he fell into serious sin .
(trg)="65"> Even so , on occasion he fell into serious sin .

(src)="68"> He committed adultery with Bath - sheba .
(trg)="66"> He committed adultery with Bath - sheba .

(src)="69"> To make matters worse , he tried to hide the sin by arranging for her husband , Uriah , to be killed in battle .
(trg)="67"> To make matters worse , he tried to hide the sin by arranging for her husband , Uriah , to be killed in battle .

(src)="70"> David even sent what amounted to Uriah’s death sentence by means of the man’s own hand !
(trg)="68"> David even sent what amounted to Uriah’s death sentence by means of the man’s own hand !

(src)="71"> Inevitably , David’s sins came to light .
(trg)="69"> Inevitably , David’s sins came to light .

(src)="72"> When that happened , how did David react ?
(trg)="70"> When that happened , how did David react ?

(src)="74"> 11 , 12 . ( a ) After he sinned , what could David not do ?
(trg)="71"> 11 , 12 . ( a ) After he sinned , what could David not do ?

(src)="75"> ( b ) If we repent after making serious mistakes , we can trust that Jehovah will do what for us ?
(trg)="72"> ( b ) If we repent after making serious mistakes , we can trust that Jehovah will do what for us ?

(src)="76"> What David could not do : David could not undo what he had done .
(trg)="73"> What David could not do : David could not undo what he had done .

(src)="77"> And he could not escape the consequences of his mistakes .
(trg)="74"> And he could not escape the consequences of his mistakes .

(src)="78"> In fact , some of those consequences would stay with David for the rest of his life .
(trg)="75"> In fact , some of those consequences would stay with David for the rest of his life .

(src)="79"> Thus , he needed faith .
(trg)="76"> Thus , he needed faith .

(src)="80"> He had to trust that when he truly repented , Jehovah would forgive him and help him endure the consequences of his actions .
(trg)="77"> He had to trust that when he truly repented , Jehovah would forgive him and help him endure the consequences of his actions .

(src)="81"> Being imperfect , all of us sin .
(trg)="78"> Being imperfect , all of us sin .

(src)="82"> Some mistakes are more serious than others .
(trg)="79"> Some mistakes are more serious than others .

(src)="83"> In some cases , we may not be able to undo our mistakes .
(trg)="80"> In some cases , we may not be able to undo our mistakes .

(src)="84"> We may simply have to live with the consequences .
(trg)="81"> We may simply have to live with the consequences .

(src)="85"> But we take God at his word , trusting that if we are repentant , Jehovah will support us through difficult times ​ — even when those difficulties are of our own making . ​ — Read Isaiah 1 : 18 , 19 ; Acts 3 : 19 .
(trg)="82"> But we take God at his word , trusting that if we are repentant , Jehovah will support us through difficult times ​ — even when those difficulties are of our own making . ​ — Read Isaiah 1 : 18 , 19 ; Acts 3 : 19 .

(src)="86"> How did David recover spiritually ?
(trg)="83"> How did David recover spiritually ?