Our guardians

Our guardians

For he will order his angels to protect you in all you do. – Psalms 91:11

Matthew 18:10 Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father.

Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?

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The term “guardian angel” is not explicitly used in the Bible. Their activities are seen throughout the Scriptures. They announce good news (Judges 13:3, Luke 2:8-15), warn of danger (Genesis 19:15), guard from danger (Daniel 3:28; 6:22), guide and protect (Exodus 14:19), nurture (Genesis 21:14-20; 1 Kings 19:4-7), or instruct (Acts 7:38; Galatians 3:19) (Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible).

The Father appoints guardian angels to protect a particular person, group, kingdom, or country. The Bible provides very little information regarding guardian angels. But they are mentioned in connection with children, believers, and nations (Daniel 10:5-21).

We may not see most of their activity, but the Lord has given His angels the job of caring for and watching over us, bringing us His message, grace, and protection.  We may never know how often an angel spared us from injury, guided us to safety, or engineered some success. They are the Father’s perfect provision for us. They do not receive the honor or praise, He does (Stanley).

Psalms 91:11 For he will order his angels to protect you in all you do.

The Father appoints angels to protect and watch over His own. They are kind of like the Secret Service agent who guard United States presidents. They are primarily behind-the-scenes. They are all around, yet invisible to us most of the time. Occasionally the Father allows people to see them (Numbers 22:31, 2 Kings 6:17, Luke 2:1). Sometimes they take bodily form (Matthew 28:5; Hebrews 13:2). But it is very rare and the exception rather than the rule.

The heavenly Father uses angels to care for little children.

Matthew 18:10 Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father.

Apparently, guardian angels are assigned to each child at birth. They watch over us from the very beginning. This can be both very comforting and perhaps also a bit unnerving.

The heavenly Father also uses angels to care for His childlike, needy adult children. Which is just about all of us. They are in the presence of the Father they are like our personal representatives. They wait to receive their instructions and assignments from the Father

Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?

REFLECT & PRAY

Angels keep watch over people. They are the Father’s messengers and guardians.

Father thank You for providing everything I need to do Your will and to complete the tasks You have assigned to me. You alone are worthy of praise and honor.

INSIGHT

The Hebrew word which is translated angel is malak which means messenger. One of the Old Testament prophets was named “my messenger,” Malachi. The Greek word translated angel is aggelos which also means messenger, envoy, or emissary. The English word angel is derived from this Greek word.

Two of the Father’s angels are named in the Scriptures: Gabriel and Michael. Angels are likened to an army. They are assigned different ranks. Michael is an archangel. Gabriel comes as the Father’s representative to deliver messages.  But the ultimate commander-in-chief is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Lord of hosts, that is, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

Psalms 24:10 Who is the King of glory? The LORD of Heaven’s Armies – he is the King of glory.

I find myself repeatedly in trouble of one kind or another. I imagine it is something like this. When the problem is small, my ministering spirit or guardian angel can get me through it. But when I get into big trouble, more muscle is required. The Father rolls out bigger guns and assigns an angel of a higher rank with more power and authority. Sometimes, I suppose myself to be a real bother. To cope with me, His angels probably have to clock in overtime. I can only imagine an angel saying something like, “Did you see that? I can’t believe he did that, again!”

But ultimately our protection is not in the hands of mere created angels. Our wisdom and guidance, power and protection are provided by the Spirit of God and the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Regardless of the important role that guardian angels may play in our lives, it pales in significance when compared to the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ who sits at the right hand of Majesty (Hebrews 1:3).

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