“At my first trial no one acted in my defense [as my advocate] or took my part or [even] stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the [Gospel] message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was delivered out of the jaws of the lion. [And indeed] the Lord will certainly deliver and draw me to Himself from every assault of evil. He will preserve and bring me safe unto His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen (so be it).” 2 Timothy 4:16-18 [AMP] -> me: Today I finished up 2nd Timothy. Tomorrow I am onto Titus. These three verses from today’s reading have some disagreement between scholars because of the juxtaposition with verses 6-8. However, I choose not to get wrapped up in that discussion and simply look at how what Paul is saying speaks directly into my life today. What it made me think of is those times that I feel alone and unsupported in the execution of my ministry. The truth, by what Paul says here, is that the Lord my God is with me…and not only is He with me but He is there to strengthen me when I feel weak. Why is this? So that through me the Gospel message might be fully proclaimed to those unbelievers around me. Additionally, it is clear here that Paul has his sights set on the glory that is to come, so his present circumstance seems so much less important. This is the attitude I need to keep -> I am not alone, God Almighty is with me…and He is strengthening me; and my heart and hope are set on an eternal glory with Him in His Kingdom. So, I press forward in love for those around me and a loose grip on my belongings because my treasure in heaven is so much more valuable.