We are almost midway through our 2020 project! Have you noticed how many angels you have met along the way? Over 270 references from Genesis to Revelation. If you were to take the angels out of the Bible, it would look like Swiss cheese! Stories wouldn't make sense. Mysterious events couldn't be explained. From cover to cover, there is a rustle of feathers on every page!
Which bodes well for Peter in our reading today. Psalm 34:7 says, "The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them."
The early church is exploding with new converts, and it is an exciting but not a safe time to be a Christian. King Herod steps up the persecution by killing James and arresting Peter, chaining him under heavy guard. The night before his trial, an angel of the Lord appears in bright light. The chains fall off, and Peter finds himself outside the prison walls, a free man, exclaiming: "Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from Herod's clutches!"
Peter promptly rushes to his friends, who have been praying for his deliverance. They are shocked but overjoyed that God answered their prayers so quickly! That night the early church experienced firsthand a very important reality—God answers prayer, and sometimes he uses angels to deliver his people.
Which bodes well for you and me! Because Hebrews 1:14 says, "Angels are ministering spirits sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation." As followers of Christ, we receive the guarantee of protection and care of angels in our present life if and when God chooses to so direct.
Angels are everywhere in the Bible and in our world today—sent by God to deliver, proclaim, forewarn, rescue, strengthen, encourage, protect, defend and even attend at our death. As you pause now and reflect on your 2020 reading thus far and your life to date, there have been "those" times, have there not, that it would seem entirely plausible that God has used his angels to minister to you.
Friends, we are not alone in this world. Angels are all about us. And if you are one "who is about to inherit salvation," angels are watching over you.
"For he will command his angels concerning you! To guard you in all your ways!" (Psalm 91:11)
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