Wednesday, October 19, 2016
The Bible has much to say regarding angels and their interaction with God’s people. Today, I just want to touch lightly on three particular bible verses which speak about this issue. In the first one, King David wrote: “The Lord saves those who fear him. His angel camps around them.” (Psalm 34:7 ICB - International Children’s Bible) * Since I often think like a child, I prefer this bible version’s rendering over the others. In the second one, Hebrews 1:14, says this about them: “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for those who shall be heirs of salvation?” (King James Version) . The third one says: “Don’t neglect to open up your homes to guests, because by doing this some have been hosts to angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2 CEB Common English Bible)
Actually, I thought of this last verse because of something that happened in the life of my 92 year old sister, Lillie, recently. Being quite independent and self sufficient, she has lived alone for over thirty years. Well, now, after a recent fall, she has gotten to the point where it is no longer safe for her to live alone. Because we worry about her, we are debating whether we let her continue on by herself, get somebody to stay with her at nights, or enroll her in a nursing home. Because of it, we have prayed that God will watch over her as well as asking Him to give us wisdom in order to make the right decision. Well, the day before I wrote this blog, she called me in a panic because, according to her, early that morning while her next door neighbor fixed her some breakfast, she decided to go lay down on my late mom and dad’s old bed while her breakfast was being prepared. As she lay there, she saw a man laying next to her. She immediately felt terrified as well as totally embarrassed because she assumed it was the husband of the neighbor fixing the breakfast. She pleaded with me to call her and explain to her that it was an accident and not that she was doing anything improper. When I called the neighbor to try to explain, she said she had not been by there that morning, much less her husband. You don’t have to agree with me, but I am convinced that this was no ordinary man but rather the angel God “sent forth to minister” to her in answer to our prayers on her behalf.
Nothing that is in the Bible is there by accident or coincidence. If the Apostle Paul wrote that people in his day had been in the company of angels without knowing it, why would it not be the same today? Doesn’t that make you wonder if that has ever happened to you? Child of God, keep serving others in love for Him. It is possible that the next life you touch in a loving and positive way, just may be one of God’s angels. Now, wouldn’t that be great?
God’s promise for today: (Exodus 23:20 KJV) “Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.”