Jehovah is my helper; I will not be afraid.—Heb. 13:6.
“The person who knows God best will trust him the most in time of test.”
How true! To face persecution successfully, we must love Jehovah and trust in him completely.
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”+37 He said to him: “‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.’+38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 (Matt. 22:36-38)
11 Look! We consider happy* those who have endured.+ You have heard of the endurance of Job+ and have seen the outcome Jehovah* gave,+ that Jehovah* is very tender in affection* and merciful.+ (Jas. 5:11)
Read the Bible daily with the goal of drawing closer to Jehovah.
As you read, focus on Jehovah’s tender qualities. Feel his love and affection expressed in the things he says and does.
Some may struggle to believe that God loves them because they have never been shown love. If you face that challenge, try making a list each day of ways that Jehovah has shown mercy and kindness to you.
38 But he was merciful;+ He would forgive* their error and not bring them to ruin.+ He often held back his anger+ Instead of stirring up all his wrath.39 For he remembered that they were flesh,+ A wind that blows past and does not return.* (Ps. 78:38, 39)
As you consider your own experiences and meditate on what you have read in God’s Word, you will likely be able to list many things that Jehovah has done for you. The more you appreciate what Jehovah does, the stronger your bond with him will be.