Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Angels Among Us

"See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I prepared. Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him." Exodus 23:2021
Do you believe in Angels? They are mentioned in God's Word and one of the passages that mentions an Angel is in Exodus 23. I have come to realize that angels have assignments that have been given to them from God. The specific task that was given to this Angel in Exodus, was to guard, lead and communicate with the Israelites so that they were protected in their journey to the Promised Land. When does God send his messengers? I think that God sends his Angels to minister to us in those times when He sees that we need that guidance and support. Just as this picture shows, at the times when you are just worn out and not able to do anything more in your own efforts but to take one breath at a time, the Lord may send Angels to surround you and to minister to you! In Exodus, the Lord sent an Angel to guard and to bring the people to the place where God wanted them to go. I looked at the words that showed the task for the Angel and that word was to "guard". We have those Angels that are able to take their mighty swords and to fight for us and guard us! The other task that scripture identified in Exodus was to "bring you" and that phrase means that the Angel was to lead and direct our paths to a place where God needs us to be. Another task the Angel was assigned and that was to communicate to the people because the people had to "listen" to what he said. It is interesting here, that scripture used the word "him", which reflects a male gender. There are Angels that are sent by God to do God's purpose in our lives! I think about how comforting those thoughts are to me. To know that God watches over me, cares enough about me to send His messengers down to earth to do His will on this planet. If I think of all the tasks that this Angel did in Exodus, I can honestly say that this is an Angel that is here to guard us and therefore the word "guardian angel" really does have meaning to me. There are Angels directed by the Lord to guard and protect us.
Question: Do you believe in Angels? Can you think of a time when an Angel had ministered to you?  Psalm 91:10-11 "no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For He will command His Angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone."

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