You’re Not Alone

At my first trial no one supported me [as an advocate] or stood with me, but they all deserted me. May it not be counted against them [by God]. But the Lord stood by me and strengthened and empowered me, so that through me the [gospel] message might be fully proclaimed, and that all the Gentiles might hear it; and I was rescued from the mouth of the lion.

(2 Timothy 4:16-17 AMP)

Has there ever been a time when you felt alone? I have, and from today’s reading, it’s clear that the apostle Paul did too. During a crucial time in his life, he felt abandoned by everyone he knew, except, of course, by the Lord Himself. Jesus stood by Paul, strengthening and empowering him. I believe that this is what made Paul willing to forgive his so-called friends and companions who had deserted him when he needed them the most. He didn’t hold a grudge against them. After all, he could count on the One who had promised to be by his side to the very end (Acts 23:11). So the next time you feel alone, remember that there’s Someone who is standing by you, strengthening and empowering you. You’re not alone.

I am not alone I am not alone You will go before me You will never leave me. –Kari Jobe

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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