Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 12, 2016
After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. Revelation 7:1
Angels are at our Heavenly Father’s beckoning. They are poised at His prompting to support, protect and care for His children. Jesus could have called on a company of heavenly help, but He resisted and remained in the crucible of the Cross. He had an out for His suffering, however His great love led Him to sacrifice His life, so He could save mankind from sin. God’s angel armies are His agents who minister to our needs, but they may or may not deliver us from harm.
The Lord will deploy His angels to delay judgment in order for the 144,000 Jewish believers in Jesus to be sealed as servants of God. The destruction of the earth is stayed until souls are saved—their white robes cleansed by the blood of the Lamb. The elder explained to John (v. 14) how these Jewish Christians were survivors of the great tribulation—but now they gratefully serve God day and night, before His throne in His temple. God’s angels provide personal protection.
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:10).
Your Father in heaven has His angels assigned to your well being. They constantly experience the glory of God, so they can surround you with His glory. Since your angels see the face of the Lord, they are your support to face your difficulties. You have no need to fear, because the God of angel armies stands beside you, in front of you, behind you, above you and below you. You are covered by His host of angels. Thank the Lord of Hosts for His help in your time of need.
Above all, look for the angelic armies of Almighty God to defeat Satan’s forces on the spiritual battlefield. Like Job, your Heavenly Father’s strategy may be to use your faithfulness in the middle of suffering to disarm the devil’s plan to discredit your faith. Your obedience is oxygen to your spiritual lungs. Moreover, your angels adore the Lord with praise. Their example of genuine worship is worth emulating. Yes, your angels have God’s authority to support His will for you!
“Do you think I [Jesus] cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions [at least 60,000] of angels” (Matthew 26:53)?
PrayerHeavenly Father, thank You for Your angel armies who are poised to protect me and my family.
ApplicationIn what ways are the Lord’s angels protecting me and my family from present dangers?
Related ReadingIsaiah 14:12-15; Acts 12:11-23; Hebrews 1:14, 2:7-9; Revelation 22:16
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