What comes to mind when you think of angels? In our culture, they are often depicted as winged children or young women. Sometimes we even like to think that they are simply our loved ones who have passed on. The movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” comes to mind, where we learn that every time a bell rings an angel gets their wings. But the truth is that the Bible depicts them very differently.
Angels are seen throughout both the Old and New Testaments. In fact, they are so numerously mentioned that even in my own personal studies, I often fail to recognize how significant their roles are in so many of my favorite Bible stories. They led Lot and his family out of Sodom and Gomorrah before it was destroyed. An angel was responsible for closing the mouths of the lions when Daniel was thrown in the lion’s den. A heavenly host of angels appeared to shepherds in a field announcing the birth of Jesus. And angels are seen throughout the book of Acts helping the early apostles, even breaking them free from jail! (Acts 12:6-19)
- They are real. They are numerous; and they are created by God. The word “angel” actually appears over 300 times in the New Living Translation of the Bible.
- They work for God. Hebrews 1:14 tells us that angels are merely servants of the Father. They “care for people” who are His children.
Angels are real, numerous, and created by God to carry out His plans and purposes.
- Angels are given specific tasks and duties. Did you know that the Bible actually says that we have personal angels? This is most likely where the phrase “guardian angel” came from. (Matthew 18:10) While the Bible doesn’t specifically say that God sends a specific angel to one person for their entire life, we do see that angels are often put in charge of specific messages and tasks here on earth.
- Angels work for God; and because we belong to Him, they are on our side.
- Angels are NOT to be worshiped. When John received his vision on the island of Patmos, he came face to face with many angels. They referred to themselves as servants of God and made it clear to him that God alone is to be worshiped. (Revelation 19:10)
- Angels are important to God and His purposes. While Revelation 19:10 tells us that they are not to be worshiped, angels are still important. We aren’t to be worshiped either, but that doesn’t take away the fact that we are extremely valuable to God. They carry out the will of God just as we are called to do.
- Everything they do is for the glory of their Creator.
We are important to God. And because we are important to Him, He sends His angels to watch over us.
I think for most of us, it’s easy to have an out of sight out of mind mentality when it comes to angels and the spiritual realm in general. I read these stories in the Bible where angels intervened, guided, and protected the people of God; but I have a hard time grasping the reality that they are still at work in the lives of believers today. But the truth is that God is still at work, and His angels are still at work.
As a child of God, your Father orders His angels to guard you in all of your ways. (Psalm 91:11)Click To Tweet
When we are afraid, we can trust that God has sent His angels to watch over us. What an amazing promise to hold on to as believers!