But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength…. (2 Ti 4:17).
Have you ever felt abandoned by someone you thought had your back? Maybe your life got messy and so instead of embracing you and loving you through it, they left, pushed you away or made it very clear that having you next to them was not something they wanted.
I get that and let me tell you, it hurts. I took great comfort in knowing that truly, Jesus understands. He too was abandoned by those who claimed to be some of His closest followers. When life got difficult for Jesus, His disciples operated not out of faith, but out of their fear and in doing so, left the King of Glory to struggle and suffer alone.
The Apostle Paul understands such rejection as well. He says, “At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me.”(2 Tim 4:16) When life gets hard, sometimes people leave, not because there’s something wrong with you, but simply because they’re choosing to allow fear to grip and direct their heart instead.
Paul and Jesus both chose not to retaliate, get angry or seek revenge. They chose instead to entrust their situations to God and allow Him to avenge them. I know what you’re thinking though, what about those people who hurt you and abandoned you? Is God just going to let them get away with that?
Here’s what I have learned as I have wrestled with God on the very same question.
It’s none of my business before God to know the answer to that question. In fact, it shouldn’t even concern me. You see, when Joseph was forgotten and mistreated by his brothers he chose to bless them when he had the power to destroy them. He made the decision to allow God to avenge his situation. Because of Joseph’s faithfulness to the Lord, God raised him up, blessed his life greatly and brought restoration between he and his brothers. Why? Because Joseph forced them to see their sin? No, because overtime God revealed their sin to them, bringing them to repentance. Joseph remained quiet and faithful and God did the work.
So I know what you’re thinking, how can I let all of this go? Only by His grace. That’s it. You cannot be free from something you keep holding onto. Set it free and watch the Lord work for you on your behalf. Let His grace fill your life with love that only comes from His heart to yours as you entrust every situation, pain and hurt to His love.
Lord, I entrust my life to you. I release those who have hurt me and I speak blessing over their life. I pray for their repentance and for restoration between us. I know that you can accomplish that. In the meantime, I rest in your grace knowing that in your hands, my life is safe, protected, guarded and redeemed, in Jesus name, Amen.