“Be diligent to come quickly; for Demas has forsaken me,
having loved this present world, and he has departed for
Thessalonica-Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia.
Only Luke is with me. “
2 Timothy 4:9-11
“Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord
repay him according to his works. You also must beware of him,
for he has greatly resisted our words.
At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me.
May it not be charged against them. “
2 Timothy 4:14-16
How hard it must of been for Paul. He had been abandoned by
so many people.
He was on the Lord’s business and people kept leaving him left,
right and center!
I don’t think it was easy for him.
I think we can all think of a time where we have been let down.
It could of been by a family member, a friend, or a co worker.
Whoever it was, it wasn’t fun. It’s hard actually.
But that’s what happens when we put our trust in man.
But that goes two way.
I can remember countless times I have failed people. No
matter how hard I tried I still failed them.
What is the answer then?
Paul didn’t have one person abandon him, he had several people
abandon him and oppose him! How did he deal with it?
“But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the
message might be preached fully through me, and that all the
Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the
lion. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and
preserve me for His heavenly kingdom.
To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen! “
2 Timothy 4:17-18
When Paul was abandoned by his friends and co workers he
didn’t go into a panic attack. He didn’t send “hate mail” to
the people who abandoned him. Instead, he looked to God
to help him.
And the Lord helped Him and delivered him out of the mouth
of the lion.
The Lord remained faithful to him. Even when man failed him,
the Lord remained faithful. The Lord was by his side.
The lesson I want to get across is this,
People will fail us, and we will fail people but our
trust and dependence should be on God always!
What happened to Paul had the potential of sending him
into depression and so much more but he knew Who turn to.
The problem for us begins when we put all our hope and reliance
The only person we should totally depend on is God.
I am not saying abandon your relationships with everyone
and do everything on your own.
I am saying, understand that people will fail you and you will
Depend entirely on God.
He will never let you down.