The Lord will send his angel before you.
An angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went.
I love to think about angels! But not the cute chubby cheribs that inhabit the book shelves and display cases of many Christians. And not “the Lord needed another angel, so he took Grandma” misguided sentiment. I understand the idea of cute angels and the desire for the comforting thought that Grandma is watching over her loved-ones when she dies. But neither of those ideas find any biblical support.
Angels, according to the Bible, are mighty warriors. They fly in the vaults of heaven around the throne, with six wings (Isaiah 6), and surround enemy armies with their mighty power at God’s command (1 Kings 18). Their appearance is so majestic when they appear to people, that most often their first words are, “fear not.” Sometimes they are mistaken for God and worshipped.
But these servants of God are not to be worshiped. They might be fear-inspiring, but they serve God’s good causes for us. Jesus speaks of angels as assigned to the care of little ones (Matthew). Their intent is to fulfill God’s will, and support and protect all who seek God’s reign.
These two passages remind us that angels support us whenever we pursue God’s mission and kingdom. They go before us, and even direct our ways according to God’s will and plan. I thank God for angels and pray that he will send his angels to my side today in all that I do. How about you?