Do you feel alone in your greatest trials?
In 2 Timothy 4:16, Paul says, “At my first defense [trial before Nero in Rome], no one stood with me, but all forsook me…” Imagine how lonely Paul must have been, abandoned by all his friends and followers at his greatest hour of need. Not a single Christian in Rome dared to risk his life with him. Standing before the nefarious Nero in the Roman court, Paul had no advocate nor friend.
But then Paul adds, “… all forsook me. May it not be charged against them” (v 16). What an attitude of grace! What a disciple of Christ.
How could he have endured such a difficult moment, and how could he forgive his fearful friends and brothers?
Paul reveals the secret to his strength: “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.
The Lord Jesus, who was Himself abandoned and alone during trial, stood with Paul. He had been there; He understood. Now, He comforted and encouraged Paul to share his testimony with all those present, including the Emperor Nero. He gave Paul the strength to love and forgive.
So when you stand to testify of Jesus, remember that He stands with you. When others disappoint you, remember how the Lord Jesus forgave those who nailed Him to the cross. Let Him be your strength and comfort.
“Though none go with me, still I will follow . . . No turning back, no turning back.”
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?