April 15, 2022

Day 49: Fighting Angels

Read Psalm 90-91

Years ago I heard a story about a missionary named John Paton. He had served in the New Hebrides Islands. One night hostile natives surrounded the mission station, intent on burning out the Patons and killing them. John and his wife prayed during that terror-filled night that God would deliver them. When daylight came they were amazed to see their attackers leave.

A year later, the chief of the tribe was converted to Christ. Remembering what had happened, Paton asked the chief what had kept him from burning down the house and killing them. The chief replied in surprise, “Who were all those men with you there?” Paton knew no men were present–but the chief said he was afraid to attack because he had seen hundreds of big men with drawn swords circling the mission station. The missionary had been protected by angels.

While I cannot verify the facts of that story, I do know God could certainly send angels like that. He did so for Elisha in 2 Kings 6. And Hebrews 1:14 says, “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” Angels have a ministry in the life of believers.

In Psalm 91, the author begins with these encouraging words, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” In other words, dwell with God and there is protection. The psalmist (most likely Moses) spends the rest of the psalm describing how God protects us.

And one of the ways is through angels. Psalm 91:11 says, “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” How amazing is that! I’m not sure how it all operates in the spiritual realm but God protects us, and one of the ways is through angels fighting on our behalf. Fighting? Yes, Scripture records angels with swords (1 Chronicles 21:16). So fear not saint, you have angels fighting for you!

How often do you think about the angels God has provided for us?

How often do you think God for angels? Take time to read 2 Kings 6 and thank God for provided fighting angels.

Prayer for the day: "God, I know with you I am protected. Thanks for provided angels to us to help us in our spiritual walk. Help me live fearless this week knowing I have you and angels going before me. In Jesus' name, amen."

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