“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” – Hebrews 1:14
Have you ever thought about angels? The Bible has a lot to say about them. Let’s look:
First, there are angels, as in the heavenly kind. They do things like these:
- Job tells of angels shouting for joy at the creation of the world.
- Psalm 91 talks about angels guarding us, and Psalm 148 tells of angels praising God.
- The angels rejoice over sinners who repent.
- In the book of Revelation and in the gospels we are told angels will be involved in the final judgment of the earth.
- Peter says angels are submissive to God’s authority and they are stronger and more powerful than humans.
I’m thankful we have powerful angels to fight spiritual battles for us. That they are sent by God to minister to us. That they are filled with joy and with praise to God.
And then there are those few human beings who seem to be like angels to us.
The Bible talks about that, too: When David was hiding from King Saul, he took refuge with the Philistine king, Achish. After they had been together for some time, King Achish said to David, “You have been as pleasing in my eyes as an angel of God.” (1 Samuel 29:9)
At times, God seems to use humans to minister to others, to glorify God, and to stand in for the weak just as he uses angels. You may know some people like. Or you may be a person like that!
May I, Lord, be as pleasing as an angel to those around me today!
“Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you . . . make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs.” – Francis de Sales
“Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy.” – Psalm 98:8
What do you suppose Jesus meant when He taught us to pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”? Do you wonder would it would look like if God’s kingdom and will ruled the earth?
Maybe that’s part of what Jesus was showing us when He walked with humans long ago.
- His miracles give us a peek into a kingdom where everyone would see, hear, walk, jump, have enough, and be well.
- His casting out demons show us what it will look like when we’re all free from the influence of evil.
- His teaching reveals God’s kingdom as a place where grace, unity, forgiveness, and integrity reign.
If we’re sincere when we pray “Your kingdom come, Your will be done”, how could we not desire to be working alongside God to bring His kingdom values to earth today? Of course we won’t do it perfectly, but we can at least be moving in the same direction God is.
Jesus exampled what it means to live in a kingdom-come way: He taught truth, showed compassion, decried evil, and dealt honestly with everyone. He helped us see what it means to begin the process of making all things new (Revelation 21:5). And, He sends us out to continue what He started.
What does He want us to do today to help accomplish His will on earth? I think we should ask Him. It seems there’s a lot to be done!
“God’s will done on earth as it is in heaven would mean food, water, and homes for all who lack, justice in politics and economics, peace between nations, harmony with nature, healing and comfort for the sick, souls reconnected to their spiritual source.” – Philip Yancey
“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? – 1 John 3:17
He was a friend from years past and had moved away. Now he was back with his bride and we were reconnecting over our dinner table. As we ate, he put his hand to his face and winced. Finally, he explained he had had tooth pain for a few days and it was getting worse. He feared it would take a dentist to make it better and they didn’t have money for that, so he was praying for a cure.
As they readied to leave, my husband and I told him we, too, would pray about his tooth. As we closed the door behind them, looked at each other, both thinking the same thing: What had we just done? We had a brother in need in our home and all we did was offer to pray. We regretted our less-than-God-honoring behavior and in the morning, lined up a dentist to help our friend.
We were brought face-to-face with the truth that God often expects us to do more than pray. James puts it this way, “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” (James 2:15-16)
I’m a big believer in prayer – there are many things only prayer can do. But, much of the time, praying is not enough. Praying and doing go together in God’s plan for our world. God is teaching me how to do both better.
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa