Friday, 2/7/14 Angels (Part 2)
I knew a lady whose mother was gravely ill in the hospital. Doctors had given her no hope at all. She was spending the night at her mom’s bedside, and one night, way past midight, a man walked into their room and asked if he could pray for her mom. When she readily accepted, the man prayed a very short prayer and left immediately. The following morning the sick woman ate breakfast claiming she felt better than ever. When the doctor examined her later that morning, he was flabbergasted and ordered that she be released. Before she left, the daughter went to the nurse’s station to ask who the man was that came to pray the night before. She wanted to thank him personally. One of the nurses who had been there all night insisted nobody came through those halls after 9PM and even after she described him in detail, no one there knew any man that fit that description.
Even today, nobody knows for sure if the man in question was an angel of God or just an ordinary man. Think about this, though; does it really matter? In the daughter’s mind, he was an angel, whether he was from Heaven or from Earth. It should be pretty evident that both types play a big part in our lives.
As touching the angels of God, Hebrews 1:14 tells us that they are ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation. In other words, God has sent them forth to minister to all who believe in Him. Part of their responsibility is to defend, protect, and watch over us. Because David knew this, he wrote: The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers (saves) them. (Ps. 34:7)
As far as I know, I’ve never met a heavenly angel. I think I would love that very much. I must confess that I get a little bit jealous when I hear the stories of those who have. Nevertheless, I choose to believe that I will meet one, or maybe two, before I leave this earth. In fact, as a child of God, the promise is for you too. Remember the biblical account of Lazarus the beggar? Luke 16:22 says: And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom. Imagine this: Not only will we meet them, they will personally escort us back to God. What a day that will be!
Memory verse for the week: But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. (Luke 15:20)