be aware of the angels

“Then Daniel said unto the king… my God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not hurt me.”

Daniel 6:21-22

“Angels minister to us personally. Many accounts in Scripture confirm that we are the subjects of their individual concern. An angel is a spiritual creature created by God without a body, for the service of Christendom and the church.

We may not always be aware of the presence of angels. We can’t always predict how they will appear. But angels have been said to be our neighbors. Often they may be our companions without our being aware of their presence. We know little of their constant ministry. The Bible assures us, however, that one day our eyes will be unscaled to see and know the full extent of the attention angels have given us (1 Corinthians 13:11-12).

In the Old Testament, Daniel vividly describes the bitter conflict between the angelic forces of God and the opposing demons of darkness. Before the angel came to him he had spent three weeks mourning (Daniel 10:3). He had no bread, meat, or wine, nor did he anoint himself. As he stood by the Tigris River, a man appeared clothed in linen. His face looked like lightning and his eyes like flaming torches. His voice sounded like the roar of a crowd.

Daniel alone saw the vision. The men who were with him did not. Yet a great dread came upon them, and they ran away to hide. Left alone with the heavenly visitor, Daniel’s strength departed from him, so great was the effect of this personage on him.

Our experiences of God’s people suggest that angels have been ministering to them. Others may not have known they were being helped, yet the visitation was real. The Bible tells us that God has ordered angels to minister to His people—those who have been redeemed by the power of Christ’s blood. We may often be unaware of their presence.

Our job is to fear the Lord and keep fearing the Lord all the time. “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.” Psalms 34:7. Therefore, let us not fear! This day we can walk in this confidence that God has assigned angels to care for us. All the angels in the whole universe care about us; and if God wants to dispatch them all, He can do it.

“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” Heb 1:14

There have been many times in my life when I feel there has been an angel on my shoulder watching out for me. –Catherine Pulsifer

Dear Lord God, I know You command legions of angels who protect and defend us as Your children. I want to be able to see and feel their presence in my life, Lord. Give me spiritual vision and understanding of the heavenly beings and how they touch my life. Increase my faith through Christ. Amen