May 17

The Lord will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.  On their hands they will bear you up , so that you will not dash your foot against a stone. Psalm 91:11-12.

Are not all angels spirits in the divine service, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?  Hebrews 1:14.

I had not given much thought to angels until I read the scripture verses for today.  So in order to write this devotional, I decided to become an an angelologist for a little while.  Angelology – the study of angels and how they relate to human beings and also how they serve the purposes of God.

Angels were and are created by God to do his will. They are spiritual beings without physical bodies, though in the Bible, when angels appeared to humans, they did have a physical appearance. This does not happen today; if God sends an angel to help you in some way, you will not see him or her.  In art, angels are usually depicted with wings, but contrary to what we might think, angels do not fly.

Angels appeared and ministered to God’s people many times in the Bible.  An angel guarded the tree of life after Adam and Eve sinned.  Jacob dreamed of angels ascending and descending a ladder.  Moses was guarded by an angel while in the desert.  An angel saved Daniel in the lion’s den.  Mary was visited by Gabriel to tell her the big news from God.  An angel also visited Joseph to tell him what he must do.

Jesus was comforted in the Garden of Gethsemane.  And angels appeared to Mary at the empty tomb.  These are but a small example of angel visits in the Bible.

There is clear testimony in the Bible that angels are real and sent to us by God to guard and protect, although not everyone has a guardian angel.  One theory is that God sends one to a person who is in trouble.  Thomas Aquinas, a medieval theologian, wrote that he believed that angels influence humans by lighting the mind with an idea.  Could it be that Jamie Kloss had a personal angel who watched over her and gave her the idea to run?

“He has put his angels in charge of you.  They will watch over you wherever you go.”    Psalm 91:11

Most holy and excellent God,  you amaze us with your love and care.  Thank you for angels who comfort, guide and protect.   Help us in our faith and keep us on the Way.  Amen

Joan Perlich