“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.” (Exodus 23:20 NIV)
I learned about God from my mother and maternal grandmother. I’ve an early recollection of a prayer about a guardian angel appointed by God to be daily at my side. In time, I came to hear about other angels – the fallen ones,the demons, who seek to destroy. However, I came to understand that God uses His Heavenly angels: Cherubim, Seraphim, Guardian and Throne angels as His messengers. As I matured, I became aware of God’s own presence with me and within me giving his guidance.
Scripture honors God’s angels,they are His messengers and are never to be worshiped. He used them to give his directives or to announce life-changing events, chiefly among them a visitation to Mary. With her positive response to the angel’s message, God’ s Son Jesus became flesh – the Incarnation. Angels’ songs filled the night air heralding His birth.
God wants each of us to be blessed by the presence of His angels. “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways . . .” (Psalm 91:11a)NIV.
What can we learn from them? Are we also messengers of God? Are we called upon to help those we love and even those with whom we are in casual contact on various occasions? I’d say, “yes”! Even a timely smile can lift someone who may be struggling and bring them hope. Often we are the message – our lives an inspiration to others in ways we may not even realize. And I know we can all count many whose lives inspire us.
Angel notes are all around: in Scripture, in music, in others being prompted to bless us and in our guidance to minister God’s love to them. The “hosannas” of heaven can be transposed to earth if we are willing to sing along.
Prayer: LORD God help me return my praises to heaven as I ponder the ways You are manifested to me each day. Angels of old inspire me. Your angels now help lead me on your prepared way bringing me your care. All these blessings are cascading from above to earth and straight into my heart. Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. She lives in Lynnwood, Washington. She writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 26 years of living with daily physical challenges.