The Lord Stood At My Side And Gave Me Strength
Scripture Text : At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. 2 Timothy 4 :16-17
Paul was left alone. There was no one to support Paul.
Demas left Paul because he loved the world. v 10. Alexander the metalworker did Paul a great deal of harm. v 14.
Finally everyone deserted Paul. His friends did not associate with him anymore. They feared for their lives. He felt rejected and alone. Yet he says,“May it not be held against them.”
Although the betrayal caused him pain, Paul prays for them. We often pray for people who help us but Paul prays for his friends who failed to help him and deserted him.
Paul says, No one came to my defense. No one supported me but everyone deserted me.
The next part of the verse is so powerful for Paul says, “But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength”. The Lord gave him the strength to proclaim the gospel to the gentiles.
Likewise Paul says, I was delivered from the Lions mouth v 17. Satan like a roaring lion came against Paul but God was by his side and He delivered Paul.
In verse 18 Paul says, The lord will rescue me from every evil attack. Paul knew since the Lord is by His side no evil attack planned by the enemy can harm him.
Yes,our Lord will stand by our side and protect us from all the arrows Satan aims at us.
- People will let you down
- Don’t let their actions affect your faith
- God is standing by your side
- He will rescue you from every evil attack
When you face challenging situation and there is no one to stand with you, no one to support or defend you, Take heart! You are not alone. God is by your side. He will give you strength to survive the most hopeless and painful situations of your life.
Even if the whole world is against you know that God is by your side. He will give you the strength to overcome all the challenges you face today.
God bless you!