December 02, 2012
“Some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” Heb 13:2 NIV
When we talk about angels operating among us, the spiritually unenlightened think it’s just religious sentiment. That’s because they allow their intellect to neutralize their faith. Notice: (1) Angels have a long history among us. An angel shut the mouths of lions for Daniel. An angel went before Israel’s army guaranteeing their victory. An angel showed up in a storm to let Paul know that he’d survive a shipwreck. An angel opened prison doors for Peter, saving his life on the eve of his execution. (2) Angels protect us in times of danger. “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways” (Ps 91:11 NIV). And when you consider some of your “ways,” you realize how much you need protection, right? Your early cancer detection, or your narrow escape—those were more than just lucky breaks. Angels even watch over our children. Jesus said, “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels… always see the face of my Father in heaven” (Mt 18:10 NIV). Now you know why kids survive things that make parents go weak at the knees. (3) Angels help us in times of need. “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Heb 1:14 NIV). So, has God done away with His secret service? Are they sitting on their hands drawing unemployment somewhere in heaven? No, they’re still on the job. You may not be able to see them with your natural eyes, but the benefits they bring surround you every day.