Alexander the coppersmith opposed Paul’s message and him personally so much that all deserted Paul. In the light of this Paul declares the Lord will rescue me from every evil deed. Yet we know that Paul was killed for his faith. How do we make sense of this?
The Lord will always rescue us from anything that would defeat his purpose to make “all things work together for good” (Romans 8:28) for us. No matter how vicious the attacks, we are assured that the Lord will rescue us from anything that would defeat his purpose for us. So if we are dedicated to living out God’s purpose we can be at peace. We can know the Lord will rescue us from the Lion’s attempt to devour the living out of this purpose. On the other hand, why should we care if things outside of God’s purpose are devoured?