He delivers . . . But not always

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One conversation I seem to be hearing a lot recently, and reading about on fb, twitter etc is in regards to God's provision, blessing and making 'a way' through difficulties.

I read this morning "if he doesn't part them, He'll make you walk over them" (read that in your best prosperity preacher voice).

There's a lot of truth to this, but I also think we give a wrong perception when we don't also talk about how we may/will suffer.

Hebrews 11 is a fantastic chapter of faith and victory through faith, God's deliverance and being with His people . . . up to vs 36:

"Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about destitute, afflicted, mistreated..."

Will our nice 'blessed' 'God'll make a way' theology hold up when we face destitution or suffering or being killed? Yes he does deliver...but not always.
What if the pain and suffering lasts until the sword hits your throat and the blessing isn't deliverance in this life, but entering into the Kingdom and declared someone of "whom the world was not worthy."

Is that the deliverance we have in mind when we talk about God's provision?
Is that the blessing we are thinking of?
Or is it financial, health, comfort, no pain, or a final deliverance from the blade to live the rest of our days in freedom?

Maybe the waters will part.
Maybe we'll walk over them.
Maye we'll drown.

Will we still trust Jesus regardless?
Will we say with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego that our God is able to to deliver us, but if not, we will still worship Him.