Never Alone in More Ways Than One
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1: 14 NIV)
When my daughter was two and my wife was putting her to bed, she prayed that God, “would place His angels around her.” A friend was downstairs with me when she sat straight up and said, “Chris, I’ve just seen two angels!” It had to be in her mind but she was visibly shaken. She said that they seemed quite small and that they were yellow. When my wife came down and we told her, she was pleased, but at the same time thought, “Well, I did pray it.” The next morning we quizzed my daughter. “Was anyone in your room last night?” “Yes.” “Who was it?” “It was angels.” “How many were there?” “Two.” “What color were they?” “Yellow.” “I guess they were pretty big?” “No Mom, they were only little.” I was amazed, but to my daughter it was no big deal. I guess if you really believe in something, it’s no shock when you see it.
Here is an excerpt from a letter that I once received from a teenager named Jane, “Then you sat down with an ‘empty’ chair either side of you. But they weren’t empty. On your right sat a beautiful angel, the sort I’ve seen before. Dressed in a white gown with fiery eyes and a brightness that I can only presume comes from being in God’s presence. On your left sat an amazing, well, I guess you could say, warrior angel. He was taller than the other, maybe 7 or 8 feet high when standing. He had golden armor. There were times when they both stood with their hands over you while you prayed. Sometimes one would place his hand on your shoulder.
I don’t know if knowing this will mean anything to you, but I feel that God doesn’t show me these things to keep to myself. I feel ever so stupid, an unimportant new member of the church telling the pastor that God wants you to know His protection, but it must feel great to know that this big warrior is with you.” I never felt anything either time, and I’ve never seen an angel in spirit form. Sometimes I even think that people can be too fascinated by angels. However, I have no reason to doubt what Lynn, Jane, or certainly not my little girl said because what they have told me is consistent with the Word of God. The vision has never made me arrogant. It has brought great humility, even a sense of shame when I have sinned. But it has given me great confidence as well. Some people argue that, “Where was your angel when bad stuff happened, or tragedy struck? Where was he then?” But they’re missing the point.
Angels can only act in accordance with the will of God. The greatest thing about this whole thing to me is the verse at the top. They are sent to minister to those who will inherit salvation. What does that make me? If you believe the whole Book, and think it through, the angels that have helped you are as real as your salvation. I pray that God will place His angels around you today. And remember that as they watch you, at the same time, they see the face of God. Rev. Chris Thompson is a pastor in Liecester, England and is a graduate of the Colony of Mercies. He spoke this summer at America’s Keswick. Check out his messages at www.americaskeswick.org .
Keswick, America’s (2012-12-13). Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2 (Kindle Locations 8000-8026). . Kindle Edition.
Quote of the day: Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire. A true understanding and experience of the Truth must lead to this…. A man who can speak about these things dispassionately has no right whatsoever to be in a pulpit; and should never be allowed to enter one. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Verse to Memorize: You are near, O Lord, and all your commandments are truth. Concerning your testimonies, I have known of old that You have founded them forever. Psalm 119:151-152