We powerfully see this deliverance with the three young Hebrew men in Daniel 3:1-30. Here we see three men, who have been removed from their homes and culture and forced into pagan schools and education, stand against the regime. They were faithful and dedicated to the Lord. They did not speak ill of another or refuse in belligerence. No, they just refused to worship something that was not the one true God.
These men, along with all in the Babylonian empire, were ordered to bow and worship a massive golden image. All were to do this or face severe punishment, they did not do this. They stood and honored God. They would not go against Him because they knew He was worthy of so much more. That He was their God and that He could deliver them.
They say as much when they are brought before Nebuchadnezzar.
They are brought in and Nebuchadnezzar is told about what they did. They were worthy and solid men in the kingdom so Neb. was going to give them a second chance. Here is what they said: “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up” (Dan. 3:16-18).
Nebuchadnezzar was furious. He ordered the furnace heated to seven times hotter than usual. It was so hot that it killed the guards throwing the three in. Then in the midst of the fire, Nebuchadnezzar saw something. It shocked and astounded him.
He asked those around him if they had thrown only three in the furnace. They answered yes, but Nebuchadnezzar saw something different. He said, “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” (Dan. 3:25).
He then called them out and they came forth and did not even smell of fire or smoke (3:27). They had been delivered in a powerful way. They had remained steadfast in the Lord even in the face of a horrendous death. They were faithful through one of the most challenging situations a believer can ever be forced to face. Yet, faithful they stayed. They were delivered mightily by a mighty God.
This does not mean God will deliver you or me like this. But it does mean we serve a powerful God who is able to deliver in mighty ways. He delivers us each day from many things that we never see. We never see them because He delivers us and we go along in blissful ignorance.
Not only did God deliver the three young Hebrew men but He delivered Peter from the Roman prison (Acts 12:3-19). Peter had been locked away because of his proclamation of Christ. King Herod was going to put him to death for this. Herod had already killed James, John’s brother, and was set to do the same to Peter. Yet, it was during the “Days of Unleavened Bread” and he was not going to do it then (12:3).
The church prayed earnestly and faithfully for Peter (12:5). But God had a different plan. An angel appeared and released Peter and he went with him thinking of it as a vision until he was fully out of the prison (12:6-11). He had been in prison destined for death but God delivered him through this.
Another narrative in Acts is of Paul and Silas in Acts 16. They have been imprisoned for causing the city trouble (16:20-21). All they did was to come in and proclaim Christ to all and for casting a demon out of a slave girl (16:12-18). The masters were furious about this and that is when they placed false allegations against Paul and Silas.
They were locked up after being beaten (16:22-23). They were abused for false allegations and locked away with malice. Yet, they did not let this get them down or deter them. They were singing hymns to God and in prayer through the night and the other prisoners were hearing this (16:25). Then an earthquake came and boom all the doors were open (v. 26). They did not leave but stayed and shared the gospel with the jailer who believed and was saved (vv. 27-34). And in the morning the magistrates ordered them to be released and even received an apology from the magistrates (vv. 35-40). God delivered them, but not without pain and difficulty.
If God can deliver the three young Hebrew men, Peter from prison, and Paul and Silas from prison, then He can deliver you through whatever it is you are facing. You may come out like Paul and Silas with scars but that is not what we look at. We look at the opportunity that is afforded us in the difficulty. Paul and Silas did. They were singing and praying and some believed and were saved. What a glorious deliverance of God for them by Paul and Silas not being immediately delivered from prison and danger.
So, know that God is powerful, that He is an amazing God. But also know that sometimes we are in the position we are in for a good reason. When it is the right time and we have done what we were supposed to do, He will deliver us. Although we may walk with a limp and have many scars to remind us of the time, we will know God was working in and through us during it. So today know God is Able to Deliver us and He will deliver us, it just may not be how or when we think it should be. So, rest today in His almighty power and rest in the fact that He knows exactly what He is doing. Stay strong and faithful because He is worthy, He is Able to Deliver, but even if He does not deliver you in the here and now, you are delivered regardless. When we die here, we receive the ultimate deliverance. That being we are with Him and no longer under stress and struggles.
Paul said it best, “For to me, to live is Christ but to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21).