Je­ho­vah’s help is real

Panay News - - OPINION -

The Lord stood near me and in­fused power into me,...and I was res­cued from the lion’s mouth. — 2 Tim. 4:17.

IT WAS A dan­ger­ous time to be a Chris­tian in Rome. Blamed for set­ting fire to the city in 64 C.E., Christ’s fol­low­ers were ob­jects of in­tense hos­til­ity. It was likely in this volatile sit­u­a­tion that the apos­tle Paul was im­pris­oned in Rome for the sec­ond time. Would other Chris­tians come to his aid?

Paul may have had some ini­tial con­cerns in that re­gard, for he wrote to Ti­mothy: “In my first de­fense no one came to my side, but they all for­sook me.” (2 Tim. 4:16) Even so, Paul ac­knowl­edged that he had not been en­tirely with­out help. He trusted that Je­ho­vah would for­tify him to en­dure his present trials and any fu­ture dif­fi­cul­ties that might arise. In fact, he im­me­di­ately went on to say: “The Lord will res­cue me from every wicked work.” (2 Tim. 4:18)

Yes, Paul had learned that even when hu­man as­sis­tance is lim­ited, the help that Je­ho­vah and his Son pro­vide is real! w15 4/15 4:1-3

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