At the risk of sounding like an ABBA lover, I have to say that…I believe in angels. *There is actually no risk in saying that, because who doesn’t love ABBA? Am I right? However, in an increasingly naturalistic culture it is a little risky to believe in the super-natural, unless you are a new-age hippy type. Or of course, a Christian.
That was kind of a convoluted beginning to this post. Sorry. All I really intended to tell you is that I indeed do believe in Angels. And its a belief that is not something that I thought-up, enjoyed, and then decided to believe. This belief, of course, originates in Scripture.
I was just reading Matthew 18, in which Jesus pulls a child into the circle of adults after His disciples ask Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Jesus goes on to explain that we ought to become like children in order to enter the kingdom. And that we better never stumble a little one, as the punishment will be fierce. The demonstration He made was both made to elevate the importance and value of the child and also to express His devotion for the meekest, and lowliest believer.
In verse 10 of that same chapter within this context, it says, See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their Angels in heaven continually see the face of My father who is in heaven.
Some think that this verse gives credit to the notion that we all have a guardian angel assigned to protect us. But it is probably best understood that angels in general act as guards for God’s follower’s and because these angels have full access to God the Father, even the weakest of believers is protected by the great I AM.
Have you ever pondered the reality of all this? Angels around us without our knowledge? Concerning themselves with our protection? How often do you think about the fact that you may have interacted with one personally before? Like it’s not already amazing enough that the Holy Spirit God is an active presence in our daily walk, but we also have angels. Yes, they are much lesser than God in power of course, but still integral in God’s plan for us. Think of how many times angels appeared and guided throughout Jesus’s birth story. And that’s just one example.
Hebrews 13:2 says, Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
I think the way we usually picture entertaining angels unawares is in a very movie-esq way. We picture them as the beggar on the street, or the really old wise woman giving out roses and free advice.
But what if the angel is the disruptive kid in Sunday school that everyone grunts over. Or the socially awkward guy that comes around your work and wants to chat with you for too long. What if the angel were the woman behind the till with the very long line that is new and flustered. Heck, what if it was a beggar or an old rose lady.
How hospitable are we to them?
What a thought. Angels around us both in the spiritual and physical. It blows my mind. Ponder that as you go about your week. Who knows, it might change the way you look at the people around you. It might even change how you think when you’re alone.
*I apologize if you do not understand the ABBA reference. Just google it. It’s a song. And I’ve had it stuck in my head ever since I started writing this.