In Paul’s life he had many trials: he was beaten, imprisoned, shipwrecked and so much more for the gospel’s sake.
Throughout these times, Paul was always convinced that God will stand with him. He was confident He would deliver him out of every difficulty he was placed in for the gospel’s sake.
When No One Defends You
In 2 Timothy 4 – Paul was speaking of his first trial. He said that all had forsaken him and no one defended him. What a place to be, for obeying God!!
I am sure Paul must have felt hurt. But in verse 17 he said, though others had forsaken him “but the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the (Gospel) message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was delivered out of the jaws of the lion.”
Be Confident In God
What a position to take in the midst of his hurt and pain. In verse 18 Paul continues to be confident in God “(and indeed) the Lord will certainly deliver and draw me to Himself from every assault of evil. He will preserve and bring me sage unto His heavenly Kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever, Amen (so be it).”
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We may not go through these kinds of trials and pain that Paul suffered, but we all have our own circumstances and situations that we face daily and issues we are hoping God would intervene in.
My niece wrote an exam yesterday. She said it was her most difficult and didn’t finish it. She was terribly devastated.
My sister and I tried to console her, but though we love her so much, we couldn’t be there for her. She had to, and will have to continue to, trust God to give her favor to do well in the other exams.
Man will fail us, as no matter how much people love and care for you, they will not always be there to stand with you or give you a shoulder to cry on (as we are human and this is not possible). Sometimes we face situations that only God can truly be there for us.
The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm. Exodus 14:14
Today I encourage you to keep trusting in our God – who is well able to always be there for us, so that even on our worst day, He, standing with us makes all the difference in our lives and in the situation.
May His grace be sufficient now and always, Amen.