‘He will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.’ Psalm 9 1:11 NLT

In what situation might God send an angel to help you?

1) When those you love and trust have disappointed you. Imagine how Hagar felt. In a joint decision with his wife, Sarah, Abraham got Hagar pregnant in order to try and fulfil God’s promise. Then Sarah conceived, and after Isaac was born, Abraham sent Hagar and Ishmael away into the wilderness. Not wanting to see her son die after their resources ran out, Hagar sat a bowshot away from Ishmael, lifted her voice, and wept. But God sent an angel to tell her that her son was a child of destiny from whom would come a great people (see Genesis 21:18).

2) When you’re facing embarrassment and can’t defend yourself. Mary planned to get married first and then have a baby. But God had a different plan. Not only was she facing public humiliation, but according to the law, she should be put to death. But God sent an angel to vindicate her and tell her that she was in the centre of His will (see Luke 1:34-38).

3) When you’re grieving the death of someone you love and fearing for your future. Mary Magdalene loved Jesus more than life itself, so when He died and was buried, she was distraught and heartbroken. That’s when God sent an angel to announce to two women: ‘He is not here: for he is risen …’ (Matthew 28:6 KJV).

The Bible says to show hospitality to strangers for some have entertained angels without knowing it. (see Hebrews 13:2). A cynical world will make you doubt that God actually loves you so much that He would send an angel to help you. But it’s true.

SoulFood: Deut 11-13, Mark 6:45-56, Ps 37:16-24, Pro 11:30-31

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