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“Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me” [II Timothy 4:17]
<b>“Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me”.</b> Paul had his disappointments. He wrote the words from prison in Rome. Demas had forsaken him and become enticed away from the faith, returning to Thessalonica. His faithful companions, Crescens and Titus, had now left him for Galatia and Dalmatia respectively. Alexander, perhaps the one supporting him in Ephesus, had now turned out to be evil and at Paul’s first court appearance no-one stood with him. His use of the word “notwithstanding” is so significant.
And it can be significant to you as you trust in Christ, for no matter how many let you down and leave you just when you feel you need them most, you may know the Lord standing by you and strengthening you. It is when you are cast wholly upon Him that you appreciate who He is and what He does.