For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. (2 Timothy 4:10 & 11)
What a day we live in! What a marvelous time to embrace the precious word of God. It's getting so that it's hard to find anyone who will tell you the truth nowadays.
The apostle Paul was a great man. As we read about him in the book of Acts; we can see that he had become a global figure. But yet here, through the Holy Spirit, Paul doesn't hide the fact that many of his comrades had forsaken him.
Just like Jesus, Paul was finishing his life, awaiting his martyr ship in the Lord. Talk about truth in God's word! Most men or political figures tend to hide the uncomfortable facts of their life; but Jesus wants you and I to know the truth. Here Paul is incarcerated, a prisoner awaiting his death. Three of his closest companions, through many a peril, were now on their way to churches that Paul himself had established. They were under an abandonment spirit. Can you imagine what they had told the people to make them right and the apostle Paul wrong? On the surface, it looked like the apostle Paul was helpless. However, a closer examination of the above Scripture reveals this; that Mark would now carry on his work and be a spokesman in Paul's absence. Mark was a man that the apostle Paul once had to reject in his service with the ministry. (Acts 15:38) Although the apostle Paul was on his way to heaven for his reward and eternal placement; God was not about to abandon him in his established earthly business.
Beloved, God will always send help; if need be from the most unexpected people, places or happenings. For not even death can separate us from the love of God.
Dr. Thomas Snyder