Come Quickly

Tonight at my men’s Bible study, before I got slaughtered in Texas Hold-em. We were talking about Paul’s words to Timothy at the end of 2 Tim. To me they are so heartfelt and real that they speak volumes about the man that Paul was, and they are a comfort to Christian men.

    At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. [17] But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. [18] The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

    [19] Greet Priscilla and Aquila and the household of Onesiphorus. [20] Erastus stayed in Corinth, and I left Trophimus sick in Miletus [21] Do your best to get here before winter. Eubulus greets you, and so do Pudens, Linus, Claudia and all the brothers.

    [22] The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.

2 Tim. 4:16-22 (NIV emphasis added) 

Here we see Paul standing firm and speaking from his heart about how it is enough to stand with God alone and then right after that we see him asking Timothy to come quickly. You see this is the end for Paul. His life was being “poured out like a drink offering” and he wanted to be sure his best friend was with him.

I think there is great truth in this. When it comes to us, we should all be able to live strong and trust in Christ alone. But at the same time we weren’t created to face this life alone. God is sufficient and enough to meet all of our needs, but God also made us to come up alongside one another and support one another.

I know in my world there are many times when I really struggle with feelings that I need to do everything on my own, so it is cool to see Paul here speaking about wanting close friends around him.

I don’t know if that makes much sense, but it was on my  heart tonight.

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