We have all heard about the life of the apostle Paul, how valuable his ministry was, how the Lord was with him, but another thing that we must also highlight is that this beloved apostle, the greatest writer of the new testament, suffered great vituperation for the sake of Christ. That is why we will see some words spoken by this man of God, that in one way or another will comfort us in our arduous race of faith.
16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.
17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
2 Timothy 4:16-18
This is one of my favorite chapters in all the Scriptures and I could put a lot of emphasis on each of its verses, but even being brief we could understand a lot of this valuable text. To have a greater focus we have to go back and remember who was the apostle Paul, this man of God before being a Christian was Pharisee instructed at the feet of Gamalier, who was one of the most respected teachers of his time. Paul was highly zealous of the law and persecuted Christians to the point of death.
Paul was a respected man and one who was well positioned, however, in this chapter he is imprisoned, so poor that he had to tell Timothy:
The Lord shall deliver me from every evil work
“And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”. 2 Timothy 4:18
People of God sent to preach about our Lord Jesus Christ have to go through sorrows and pains, especially men like Saul, the apostle Paul, who had to resist a lot of troubles and hardships for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus.
He was forsaken by men and battered, he became poor, suffered lashes, shipwreck, prisons, blindness, he was in very bad situations, but, “the Lord said to Ananias: go to meet one called Saul of Tarsus: for behold he prays”
Paul prayed to One who could help him, and the Lord delivered him from every evil work.
The goodness of God, who looks for the salvation of people, acts in men and women by the Holy Spirit, to preach the news of eternal life.
These people minister to others waiting for the power of God on them, and they believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life, for no man comes to the Father but by Him.
“Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.”. John 14:6
The Lord shall deliver us from affliction and will lead us to make His will, if we, like Paul, are people of prayer depending on our saviour, and He will preserve us unto His heavenly kingdom.
That is our hope.