PEOPLE CAN AND WILL DISAPPOINT YOU – even those we call “friends” can fail us. Paul said, “At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but ALL DESERTED ME! May it not be charged against them.” He expected support, companionship, encouragement, and even testimony on his behalf … he stood alone, they all forsook him.
In one of his lowest moments – a time of extreme disappointment and loneliness… BUT THE LORD WAS FAITHFUL! He continued… “But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.” Everything that people failed to provide the Lord supplied – where friends failed him, God fulfilled him!
BUT MORE… GOD RESCUED HIM!! “The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom! To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen!! (2 Timothy 4.16-18)
From feelings of abandonment to renewed confidence because of the faithfulness of God! Lord help me remember Paul’s testimony of your faithfulness in my lowest moments and depend on you to replicate Paul’s experience in Your own way in my circumstances!