Angels Beside Us

Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me. Acts 27:23, NIV

Be careful about using the word angel carelessly. Have you ever watched someone render an act of kindness and said of her, “She’s just an angel.” Or perhaps you appreciated a medical worker who helped you through a crisis. You might say, “He was God’s angel to me.”

Remember, angels are not human beings. They are a special species created by God—living beings that are not humans though they may at times assume human form. The book of Hebrews says, “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14, NIV).

During our Lord’s life on earth, angels helped Him at many points, announcing His birth, comforting Him in the desert, strengthening Him in Gethsemane, and being ready to rescue Him from crucifixion if He had only asked (Matthew 26:53). They rejoiced in His resurrection and moved the stone to reveal His empty tomb.

Angels played a role in Christ’s earthly life, just as they do in ours. They work to fulfill God’s purpose. They are not human; they are super-human and closer to you today than you realize.

It is a whisper-thin veil that separates the nature from the supernatural, meaning divine activity is all around us. Jack Graham


Acts 27 Skip Heitzig

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