Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. Luke 22:43
Earlier this year, a 51-year-old truck driver named Steve James decided to take up bicycling, but his first attempt was disheartening. After twelve miles, he sent out a tweet saying he felt “absolutely shattered.” He asked people for some quick tips. He got them! His tweet attracted 2,000 likes and nearly 900 comments, along with lots of encouragement.
It’s amazing how a word of encouragement can perk up our day.
According to the Bible, God’s holy angels encourage us more than we know. An angel encouraged Hagar in the desert (Genesis 16); Gideon under the tree in Ophrah (Judges 6); Elijah at Horeb (1 Kings 19); Daniel praying in Babylon (Daniel 9); Jesus on the Mount of Temptation (Matthew 4); Cornelius in Caesarea (Acts 10); and Paul on a sinking ship (Acts 27).
We may not audibly hear the voice of an angel, but who knows the multitude of ways they can encourage us with unseen strength just when we need it? Perhaps they arrange circumstances, extend help, divert attacks, and bring blessings to us, which, if we only realized it, came from their hands. Thank God for His angelic encouragers!
An angel is a spiritual creature created by God without a body for the service of Christendom. Martin Luther
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