2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NLT)
But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.
Throughout the Bible we see the faithfulness of God, who never fails to deliver those who serve him.
In the Old Testament some form of the verb palat, the Hebrew word for “deliver,” is translated “to pluck out of the hands of an oppressor or enemy; to preserve, recover, remove; to deliver from danger, evil, trouble; to be delivered, to escape.” Note how the term is used in Psalm 31:1-5 in the New Living Translation:
O Lord, I have come to you for protection;
don’t let me be disgraced.
Save me, for you do what is right.
2 Turn your ear to listen to me;
rescue me quickly.
Be my rock of protection,
a fortress where I will be safe.
3 You are my rock and my fortress.
For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger.
4 Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me,
for I find protection in you alone.
5 I entrust my spirit into your hand.
Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God.
In the New Testament the Greek verb ruomai is translated “to draw or snatch to one’s self from danger, to rescue, to deliver.”
In the poem “Why Don’t Somebody Help Me Praise the Lord, “my personal testimony expressed poetically, I make reference being rescued from of a horrible situation:
With lovin arms you reached way down
And snatched me from Satan’s outhouse,
Sought me and flat-out rescued me,
Fixed me up in my Father’s house.
The Verse of the Day uses the expression “guard you from the evil one.” We recognize a similar phrase in the prayer that the Lord Jesus Christ spoke before his crucifixion:
John 17:15 (New Living Translation)
I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.
We are, of course, familiar with closing words of the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:13 from the King James Version:
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
The New Living Translation renders the verse this way:
And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.
Although we may not know exactly how God will rescue us, we are assured that He is faithful and will do what He promised, as the following poem reveals:
Just How God Will Deliver Us
But we had the sentence of death in ourselves,
that we should not trust in ourselves,
but in God which raises the dead:
Who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver:
in whom we trust that he will still deliver us;
1 Corinthians 1:8-9
Just how God will deliver us we do not know,
But of His unfailing love and power we are sure:
He can send a raven and command a widow
To sustain Elijah and all who will endure.
Though He may not be early, God is never late.
We rest in knowing that our Father is faithful,
As we trust Him, learning to labor and to wait.
For each promise fulfilled we are ever grateful
And express our gratitude in word and in deed.
We sense there never was a more perilous time
But keep walking by faith wherever Christ may lead,
For grand mountain vistas await the ones who climb.
The hand of the Lord brought us thus far along the way,
And we shall finish our course is all we have to say.
Galatians 1:4 in the Amplified Bible also reminds us of the fulfillment of God’s plan through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah):
Who gave (yielded) Himself up [to atone] for our sins [and to save and sanctify us], in order to rescue and deliver us from this present wicked age and world order, in accordance with the will and purpose and plan of our God and Father—
The closing poem from a series of teaching entitled “A Five-fold Prayer,” reinforces the message that God is faithful and that He will deliver, just as He promised:
As children run to safety in their father’s arms,
So we, too, run to you, “our shelter from life’s storms.”
Our buckler, shield, deliverer, and our fortress,
Strong tower, defender, who responds to our prayer.
For Lord, you are faithful, who will establish us
And protect us and deliver us from evil.
The contemporary musical group Third Day offers this powerful reminder: “Our Deliverer is Coming.”