“The time came when the beggar died
and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side…”
Luke 16:22 (NIV)
“An angel from heaven appeared to him [Jesus]
and strengthened him.”
Luke 22:43 (NIV)
“Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong
and whom I serve stood beside me…”
Acts 27:23 (NIV)
As young people raised in Christian homes many of us thought angels were always flying around in heaven or strumming harps. However, when the Scriptural teaching is studied, we discover that they do much more than that. Our verses today give us insight into three very important duties of angels on our behalf.
First, angels come to the Lord’s children when they are about to leave this life and enter heaven. There are many stories of Christians on their deathbeds having visions of individuals the other people in the room did not see. My maternal grandmother had such an experience and I believe she saw an angel who had been sent to escort her to heaven.
Many times, when I attended a saint about to leave for glory, I have encouraged them to look for the angels who will come to assist them as they begin their journey to our Father’s house in heaven. No believer dies alone regardless of whether or not family is with them.
Second, we see our Lord in Gethsemane praying as He is about to go to His death. An angel came to Him and “strengthened” Him. Reading the context, we see that the Saviour is having a difficult time as He approaches the cross to have the sins of the world laid upon Him. He dreads the coming moments when the Father punishes Him during the three hours of darkness. However, strengthened by the angel, He was then fully able to endure the coming hours of extreme suffering.
When the child of God approaches death, they are sure to be met by ministering angels to make them totally ready to take the trip to heaven. This fact does much to relieve us of the fear we may have concerning dying. We shall find grace from the Lord when it is needed. Right now, most of us need grace for living, not dying. So, as we experience grace to deal with today’s issues, let us leave our concerns about tomorrow until then.
Third our last verse speaks about how angels come to believers and encourages them in times of trial. We never go through trauma alone. We may be certain, regardless of the difficulties we face, our loving, sovereign, Father in heaven, is watching us closely and will never ever allow anything to come our way that exceeds His amazing grace. His angels are with us always.
Thank God For Angels!
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sov’reign will.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flow’r.
Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.
– William Cowper