STAND BY ME

2 Timothy 4:17. The Master stood by me and helped me spread the Message loud and clear to those who had never heard it. I was snatched from the jaws of the lion! 


Tamara had never felt so alone in her life. If she had known that telling her truth was going to cause everyone to leave her she wouldn’t have shared her story. She felt discarded and worn. Dark thoughts crowded her mind and sent her into a dizzying spiral of depressive thoughts. In the months that followed Tamara struggled to hold on and bit by bit the knowledge that God was on her side inched out the darkness and turned her test into a testimony. Standing on the stage in front of a congregation, Tamara no longer felt alone; God was standing with her.

Lots of people think depression is a new thing; it’s not. The Bible talks about it quite a bit, probably because God knows just how insidious the condition can be. The Bible gives a simple prescription for depression in Isaiah 61:3

“to preserve those who mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.”

Modern English Version 

That aside it also gives us the assurance that we are not alone. Men may desert us, mock us judge us but Christ will never leave us. There are several records in the Bible of the relief moments borne out of God’s steadfastness. If it had not been for the Lord on my side (Psalm 124:2), But for the Lord let Israel say (Psalm 124:1), if God be for us who can be against us (Romans 8:31), with Christ in the vessel (Matthew 8:26) God is an ever present help (Psalm 46:1)

Think About This

Do you stand alone? Do you need more than God? Do you have God?

Prayer

Dear Lord, stand by me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen 

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