“But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me…”  (2 Timothy 4:17)

From this present generation has risen many ‘reasons, excuses, accusations and ‘comfort zones’ for behavioral problems and dysfunction of all kinds. One of them is a sense of abandonment.

Born into the family of man every man has this sense at the core of his being. The fact of the matter is man abandoned God and wounded himself in the process, sin resulting in separation is the root cause, abandonment is the consequence and only one solution is available.

Paul gives us the truth when he said, “all forsook me …but the Lord stood with me”. All men may leave us but only those disconnected to the Father can say  “I am abandoned”.  To be abandoned BY our fellowman is an opportunity to be abandoned TO God, an open vessel for His strength and power. His promise to us is  “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5) “When a soul abandons to God, God will not abandon it. But let that soul trust its wits and become its own amateur providence and dexterous muddle will be the result” (Oswald Chambers)

When we encounter trouble and find ourselves standing alone, it is then we quickly learn the depth of our stability. Solomon tells us this,  “If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength!” (Proverbs 24:10) These are the times in our lives when our weakness is revealed and God’s strength is made manifest. Paul said, everyone else left but the Lord remained, He not only remained by my side but He also gave me strength!

How are you holding up—has a sense of abandonment gripped you? Has this trouble surprised you with the reality of your weakness—take some time out, take some advice from the prophet Isaiah this morning and, “…Look to the rock from which you were hewn, And to the quarry from which you were dug”, (Isaiah 51:1) and the rock of ages will strengthen you.

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