'Let each one prove what his own work is, and then he will have cause for exultation in regard to himself alone, and not in comparison with the other person.' - Galatians 6:4
For the last month and a half, I have been battling health problems that kept me from doing the little I can usually do in service to Jehovah God and, when I read today's scriptures, I felt it sink deeply into my mind and heart.
The author of this scripture, Paul, also known as Saul, spoke often of the trials and tribulations that overcame him in his service to Jehovah God and Jesus Christ, and of his change from being an active hunter of Christians, to becoming one of Jehovah God, and Jesus Christ's, faithful servants. Every time that I read of Paul's famous encounter on the road to Damascus, written in Acts, I, too, feel a great encouragement in my service to Jehovah God:
It is his example of service that I look to when I re-read it, which I do most often when I need to find the strength to endure. It is especially in his total reliance on Jehovah God's strength to help him overcome the many problems he had during his life of service, that has helped me, too. With Paul's example of faith, his battles give me the encouragement I need to lean on Jehovah God and Christ Jesus, as he did. That I can go to them for the strength to endure what I must, is such a wonderful, and undeserved, gift given freely to me, and so I use this gift to offer up my service of faith to them in return.
But it is in the battles Paul had with his health, that I can relate to more easily, especially as described in his second letter to the Corinthians:
That visit yesterday, along with the perfect spiritual food at the time I needed it - just like all the others I get from my spiritual family - and the certainty I hold of the love that Jehovah God, and Christ Jesus, bear for me, are the things that renew me, and renew my faith, from day to day, no matter what.
May Jehovah God and His wonderful Son, Jesus Christ, hold you safely within the circle of their love for you, and may you, as I am, be renewed spiritually each day.