“God will deliver us” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego told King Nebuchadnezzar when they refused to worship the King’s gods or the gold image the King has set up.
They were confident that God was going to take care of them. First, they said God will save them from what the King wants to do to them – throw them in the fiery furnace.
Even if he does not – because sometimes God’s deliverance of us is to take us out of this world.
We struggle with death because our perspective is so different from God’s.
When the people we love die, we feel grief and separation. We sometimes wonder how God could let this happen. When great Christians and missionaries die, we sometimes wonder why God ‘let’ this happen, they were accomplishing such great things for God!
God’s perspective is very different. When those who love him die here on earth, they are alive with him in heaven – forever. He ‘delivers’ them from the pain and brokenness of this life into a perfect life with him. They receive the prize. It’s not something he ‘lets’ happen, it is all done according to his will.
A year after my mother went to heaven, I got 12 blood clots that went to my lungs and 5 doctors confirmed that this should have killed me. But it didn’t. God told me right away in the emergency room that I wasn’t going to die from this – he had already taken care of it.
As a result of this experience, I got a very up close and personal new understanding of God’s omnipotence. All of the scientific facts said that I should have died. But God said ‘No’ and it didn’t happen.
God’s total and complete omnipotence gives me peace about my mother’s death, my own death when it happens and all death. Death happens when God says and not before. God ‘delivered’ my mother at his designated time. And that was the right time for her. I wouldn’t want anything other than God’s best for her.
He will ‘deliver ‘ me at the right time for me. It’s already determined. He has already decided and it will happen. Until then, I need to fulfill the purpose he has given me. It’s the reason why I’m still here.