DELIVERANCE DOES NOT ALWAYS MEAN STAYING OUT OF THE FIRE

DELIVERANCE DOES NOT ALWAYS MEAN STAYING OUT OF THE FIRE

Whenever I consider the way in which our Father delivers His children from crisis, there is one common trait that always stands out. The problem is often not averted. In fact, except for the city of Nineveh, almost all bad situations were allowed to play out, despite fervent prayers for deliverance. But why is that the case? To borrow a phrase from Martha, doesn’t our Father care that we are suffering when we pray?

Well, beloved, He does. Yet, for every trial, there is always a reason.

The examples that immediately come to mind when I think of deliverance are Daniel and his friends. You see, even though Daniel was a good man, he was set-up by his enemies, wrongly accused and falsely judged. And to add insult to injury, even though Daniel continued to keep the faith and remained confident in our Father’s deliverance, even though instead of panicking,

“…when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.” Daniel 6:10

He still got thrown into the lion’s den and his predicament still went through its full course.

Yet, we see why that had to happen. For if Daniel was spared because the king found a way to reverse his edict, then credit for saving Daniel would have gone to the king, wouldn’t it? But because Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den,

“Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him. Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions.” Daniel 6:18-19

The king’s heart was moved. So moved in fact, he did this.

“Then King Darius wrote:
To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth:
Peace be multiplied to you.
I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel.” Daniel 6:25-26

And the king got saved; and Daniel, even though he was thrown into the den, he still got delivered, didn’t he?

Then we consider Daniel’s three friends.

“Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up? Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?”” Daniel 3:14-15

They were firm in their faith. They withstood the king’s taunts and threats. And they had no less faith than Daniel did, for this is how they replied the king,

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”” Daniel 3:16-18

Yet, for all their efforts, they were still thrown into the furnace. But supposed they weren’t, suppose the king spared their lives, who would get credit for it then? And if they had been spared from the furnace, then this certainly would not have happened.

“Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”
They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”
“Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”” Daniel 3:24-25

And the Bible is replete with examples such as these. If Pharaoh was not paranoid and wanted to kill all Hebrew boys, Moses’ sister would not have put Moses into the basket and floated him onto the river for him to be picked up by Pharaoh’s daughter and Moses would not become the man to deliver Israel from Egypt. If Joseph was not sold by his brothers to be a slave, he would not have met Potiphar and Pharaoh, and Joseph would not have been able to save Egypt and his own people from the famine. If the thief who was crucified next to Jesus was spared, he would not have met Jesus at the cross and he would not have said to Jesus,

“…remember me when You come in Your kingly glory!” Luke 23:42 [AMPC]

And he would have missed out on Jesus’ reply,

“Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43

But most of all, had our Father relented to this request by Jesus,

“Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me…” Luke 22:42

Instead of this request,

“…nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Luke 22:42

Then we would still be lost in our sin and not have any semblance of eternal life to look forward to.

Beloved, when faced with trouble, it is only natural for us to want to be delivered from it. It is only natural that we want to avoid it. But if our Father wants us to go through it, it is because He sees need for us to go through it. And though the reason for it may not always be apparent at the time, hindsight is always 20/20.

So you see, prayers for deliverance may not always be answered with avoidance. And if our Father sees need for the trial to occur, it doesn’t mean He loves you less. In fact, it actually means He loves you more. For just as Jesus was sent to be with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego when they were thrown into the furnace, so too IS Jesus AND the Spirit sent to be with you while you are in the furnace of your trial. And just as “an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him” (Luke 22:44) when Jesus prayed for the cup to pass from Him, so too is the Spirit ministering to you right there in the midst of your trouble. For indeed,

“…the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.” John 14:26 [AMPC]

He will remind you that you are the precious beloved of the Father. He will remind you that you are the righteous child of our Father. But most of all, He will remind you that our Father has said,

“I’ve been carrying you on my back
from the day you were born,
And I’ll keep on carrying you when you’re old.
I’ll be there, bearing you when you’re old and gray.
I’ve done it and will keep on doing it,
carrying you on my back, saving you.” Isaiah 46:3-4 [MSG]

Deliverance does not always mean staying out of the fire. Instead, you have an iron clad guarantee that because our Father is always carrying you on His back, because Jesus is always with you in the midst of your flames, because the Spirit is always there to remind you that you are loved,

“My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 [AMP]

So hold your head up high knowing that whatever befalls, you are always the beloved child of our loving Father.

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