2 Timothy 4:9-10 Do your best to come to me soon, for Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
When they All Desert Us
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There are times when everyone around you just seems to desert you. You can be surrounded by lots of people, and yet still be completely alone. You’re carrying heavy burdens, but there’s no one to share the load. You have worries and concerns, but there’s no one to pour your heart out to. You’re struggling to make it through, and there’s no one prepared to lend a hand.
It happened to Jesus. At the time when He needed them most, His friends, the Disciples, His family, all deserted Him. Even Peter, who promised to stick with Him through thick and thin, denied Jesus three times. And so, He died, completely alone.
It happened to the Apostle Paul too. Almost everyone had deserted him when he was locked in a Roman dungeon … right there in in his hour of greatest need.
Do your best to come to me soon, for Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. (2 Timothy 4:9-10)
I’ve seen it too. You head off out into a global media ministry like Christianityworks and all these people want to join you – it sounds so exciting and glamorous. But actually, it’s hard work. And when the going gets tough … well, many fall by the wayside.
You know what we want to do when that happens? We want to give up. We look around at all the rest who have turned back, and we ask ourselves … why should I keep going? If God can’t be bothered to put people next to me who’ll share the load, if God can’t even make sure I have one friend – just one! – to lean on, what’s the point?
So, there’s the Apostle Paul. He’s been out there for years now, proclaiming the Gospel. And not only has everyone deserted him, but:
Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message. At my first defence no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! (2 Timothy 4:14-16)
How would you react? How would you feel? Hmm. Here’s Paul’s response:
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. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. 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 4:17-18)
When everybody else deserts you and fails you, God will be there to stand by you. He’ll be faithful to the end.
That’s His Word. Fresh … for you … today.