Timeless truth in a changing world



Day 55: Deliverance

But deliver us from evil.

Matthew 6:13b
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Longcuts and Detours


Do you ever feel like God is leading you on a detour? Perhaps you think He’s taking you on a longer road than necessary, an out-of-the way route. Rather than a shortcut, maybe it seems like He’s actually taking you on a “longcut.” Well, I have news for you. Perhaps that’s exactly what He’s doing.

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Even if He Does Not

Last week one of our lessons for the children’s Bible story time during day camp was the Fiery Furnace. You know the story wellShadrach, Meshach, and Abednego didn’t bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s gold statue, a “crime” which was punishable by death in a fiery furnace. So the three were bound and thrown into the furnace, but God saved them by sending “the angel of the Lord” into their midst, so that not one of their hairs was singed. It’s a wonderful account, one that most of us learned in Sunday school, but this time around what struck me the most about it was the response the three friends gave to the king before they were thrown into the fire. “We do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up” (Daniel 3:16-18, italics mine).

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