“Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me… Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm… At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me… But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me.” – 2 Timothy 4:10-17 NASB
Paul began his Christian life when Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus. Others were present, but no one else heard Jesus’ voice. They just knew something dramatic had taken place, that Paul had become blind.
In Damascus, Paul met with Ananias, who gave Paul perspective, praying for him and giving him direction. Perhaps most importantly, he introduced Paul to the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:1-18).
While Paul learned much from other Believers, it was the strength of his personal relationship with God, through His Spirit, that gave his ministry unusual power and impact. Although he had moments of uncertainty, he always eventually found clarity and answers, and received God’s direction.
As Paul approached the end of his earthly ministry, we see why this pattern had become so important. He described to Timothy how he felt alone and abandoned. It seemed that “no one supported” him. He was opposed by people who once had been his friends and partners. Some (like Timothy and Mark) provided him with encouragement and companionship, but others deserted him.
Yet he knew that he could depend on the Lord, who “stood with me and strengthened me.”Because of this awareness of God’s presence, he could focus on his ministry and His call on his life.
The Bible makes it clear that all Believers are part of the Body of Christ. We are not to forsake our “assembling together” (Hebrews 10:25). Yet we each need to develop our personal relationship with Him.
Make sure that you are strong in your personal relationship with God. Seek to be so confident that you completely trust Him. That you know that He is with you. And remember. You are never alone.
Today’s Inspiration Prayer
Father, I desire to know You better. I commit my life to You. Help me to serve You and please You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Source: Culled from SALM’s article in the Chronicle newspaper.