“A thousand shall fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand,
but it shall not come near you.”
Ordinarily, if 10,000 people fell dead at your right hand, you would say that death had come close to you. But this man didn’t think so. He had faith, and faith knows that if God decides that death will not touch you, then death is not close to you no matter how many people die nearby.
Consider Jesus’ example. After his crucifixion, Jesus descended into hell, but that doesn’t mean that Jesus almost lost his soul. Damnation was never close to Jesus, even when he was in the presence of millions of damned souls. Likewise, death and damnation are far from those who love Jesus now, in this condemned, death-filled world.
Only what God decides matters.