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.
II Timothy 4:17
In his closing statements, Paul shares a powerful testimony of the Lord’s faithfulness and presence in times of trial and trouble. Despite facing persecution, Paul finds comfort and strength in the knowing that the Lord stood beside him.
Paul acknowledges that in the face of challenges, the Lord stood with him, providing strength, encouragement, and protection. This divine presence enabled Paul to boldly proclaim the message of the Gospel and fulfill his calling as a faithful servant of Christ.
Paul’s experience is a reminder that the Lord is not distant in our struggles. He stands by us empowering us to carry out His purposes. In moments of weakness, we can find strength and courage in the presence of our loving God.
Just as the Lord stood by Paul, He stands by us today. We will face situations that may seem overwhelming to us. We find confidence in knowing that the same God who stood by Paul stands by us, ready to strengthen and equip us for the work He has called us to do.
Seek His presence, guidance, and strength in your struggles today. Be encouraged to keep going, knowing that He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
Lord, thank You for the assurance that You stand by me in every circumstance. Strengthen and empower me to fulfill the tasks You have entrusted to me to do. Help me to lean on Your presence and rely on Your strength, knowing that You are with me. In Jesus’ name, amen.