Angels Watching Over Me? Oh, Glory! Part One

“Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?”  Hebrews 1: 13, 14

Jesus believed in angels. Do you? At his arrest “more than twelve legions of angels” were on stand-by to defend Him (Matthew 26: 53). That means He could have called 72 thousand angels. I know the song says 10,000 but the book says 12 legions and that is 72,000. Angels are mentioned in 34 books of the Bible for a total of 273 times (108 in the Old Testament and 165 in the New Testament.)

Revelation 5: 11 describes the indescribable number around the throne of the Lamb: “…the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands.” That means there are billions.

Billy Graham wrote in his book entitled, Angels: God’s Secret Agents, “I am convinced that these heavenly beings exist and that they provide unseen aid on our behalf… I do not believe in angels because I have ever seen one — because I haven’t. I believe in angels because the Bible says there are angels; and I believe the Bible to be the true Word of God.”

Our culture’s inclination toward materialism has robbed us of much. Secular minds think of the universe as a closed system. The mentality of the moment is that we are just the highest form of animals devoid of an immortal soul, and with no other purpose than to attain security and enjoy pleasure.

Many materialists allow nothing from the spiritual world to enter their closed circle of life. This leaves no room for supernatural spirit beings, angels.

The Bible tells us that countless beings fill the vastness of space around us. Actually, since the dawn of creation they have mingled in human affairs. They have in yours. Hebrews 13:2 notes, “Some have entertained angels unawares.”

They are servants of saints. They are not little gods we talk to, worship, or pray to. Nowhere does the Bible authorize praying to an angel. You have direct access to “Our Father….” They do not call attention to themselves, but to Jesus.

Good news! Yes, every person has a guardian angel or angels. That means you are so important to God He wants to provide you with a special guard. To shun this companionship is to abandon help offered by God.

Jesus made specific reference to the guardian role angels play regarding children. “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 18:10)

Again, it is our text that reassures us of the guardian role they play in our lives: “Are they not ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation.” (Hebrews 1: 14)

“For He shall give His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways.” (Psalm 91: 11)

“The angel of the Lord encampS round about them that fear Him, to deliver them.” (Psalm 34: 7) We will never understand them, but we are blessed to have them.