Feeling Deserted?

16 At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. 17 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. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 2 Timothy 4:16-18

The verse previous to these referenced Alexander and how the Lord would repay him. This verse is the exact opposite; don’t hold it against them. He was very specific about Alexander’s action. The others just weren’t there for him. He even felt he was deserted. I picture Paul to one always surrounded by people who wanted to be associated with him. But when the going got tough, they left. It’s something to keep in mind with others. Whether or not people desert you isn’t the question. If you feel deserted, you feel deserted. There’s no way around it.

Rest assured that you are not alone. The Lord rescued Paul from evil, and God will rescue us as well.

The other “tangible” thing we can do to counteract that feeling: do something for others. It therapeutic and practical. Anytime you can think outside of your own situation is good for all.

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