Psalm 34:7 – The angel of The Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. (KJV)
Hebrews 1:14 – Are [angels] not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? (KJV)
The Bible has many references to the role of angels in our lives. Angels delivered the prophet Elisha and his servant from the king of Syria. God sent His angel to shut the mouths of the lions when Daniel spent the night in their den.
Many years ago, when I was a boy living in a wooded area of Albert County, New Brunswick, Canada, I found myself several miles from home, late at night, on my bicycle, with no light, heading for home. As I started over a steep hill, I heard a terrible scream. I was brought to a halt, and the hair on my neck stood up! A cougar was heading in my direction!
As I stood there on the road with the big cat growling and coming closer and closer, I thought, If I go the other way, he'll sense my fear and easily overtake me. If I go his way, I may run right into him. I had a problem!
From childhood, I had known that God would send His angels to deliver me. I bowed my head and prayed, asking God to deliver me from that cat. Suddenly, as the cat was only a few feet in front of me, he bounded off the road, and then I could hear him going through the woods. I pedalled that bike as fast as my legs could go and got home. I thanked the Lord for delivering me! I've always believed He answered my prayer.
Matthew 18:10 – Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. (NKJV)
Some of our readers may have heard of reports where a stranger has appeared and helped someone in trouble, and then, just as they turned to thank their rescuer, he was already gone. The reports regularly conclude that the strangers were angels.
I believe that angels probably protect us more than we realize, often invisibly. We live by faith, not by sight. I can think of other times when there was no doubt in my mind that God had sent His angels to protect me.
Maybe as you read this devotional, you can recollect times in your own life when you knew that God delivered you by the hand of an angel.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we are so thankful that You have given us Your Word, which tells us that You will never leave us or forsake us. We realize from Your Word that You do indeed send your angels to deliver us in times of need. We realize that there are probably many times when we are unaware that we have been the object of Your divine care by Your angelic messengers. Thank You, Father, in the great and mighty name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.