Thursday, March 31, 2011

"Angel, thanks for nothing"

I've been stuck in one thought pattern for a while. I keep thinking about God creating the Universe. It took six days and He spoke it and it was so. More than just so, it was good. (Genesis 1:1-31). Now that's enough to ponder right there, looking at the complexity of the world and the creativity of our God who spoke it all into existence within a few days!

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Then we disobeyed. Sin and shame and rebellion entered the world. It was all ruined, poisoned by our sin. God had to withdraw because His holiness cannot be near to sin (Habakkuk 1:13; Is 59:2)

Now the question I have been pondering, is really two part. The first part, I wonder why did God not erase us all and start over? He could have! He was grieved later that He had made us (Gen 6:6) and regretted it. It would have been so much easier for Him to do an etch-a-sketch and shake it all up and begin again. After all, it only would have taken a few days.

He didn't wipe us out. I can't get over that. Instead, in His love He chose a 6000 year travail that included more patience on His part that I can ever understand, more love, deaths of His apostles, and His own Son's sacrifice in a grueling and horrific death!

The second thing I wonder is that even through all this, He still gives us as many gifts as He does. He gives us His son. He gives us salvation. He gives us the Holy Spirit. He gives us armor to resist satan, our enemy. He gives us the bible. And He gives us angels.

"For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways." (Psalm 91:11)

"Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?" (Hebrews 1:14)

"See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 18:10)

"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it." (Hebrews 13:2)

There are entire web pages devoted to the ministry of angels, why God created them, and what they do for God in their ministrations to us. There are way more verses about angels than I posted here. Suffice to say that I am continually slain by the outpouring of love from our Father in His gifts to us. Angels! Imagine! To guide and protect us. Minister to us. Serve us. I think of their their faces turned toward God as in the verse in Matthew, like racehorses at the gate, itching to get going and minister to us in His name, waiting for Him to say "GO!"

When I go through a day when nothing uneventful occurs, I thank the angels and the Father Who sent them. I drive an old car, I live in an old house, I dwell where tornadoes come, there are many things that could happen to me each day...that don't. Don't take that nothing for granted. It might be interesting if He allows when we get there, to see a rewind of our life's movie to view the efforts to which our angels went in keeping us safe from harm.

The car accident you didn't have. The tears you didn't have to shed. The slip on the ice that didn't happen.

If you have an uneventful day think of the angels the Lord sends to us in service to our needs. Nothing happened? Thank an angel!

3 comments:

  1. This was beautiful! Thank you for posting.

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  2. Cool post and nice and light from the last bit of news. :)

    Just over a year ago my 91 year old father fell and banged his head so I jumped on the next plane out east to be with him in the hospital and ended up staying 10 days with him. He was not coherent but I ministered to him and made sure the nurses didn't neglect him just because he was an old man possibly dying. Well on morning my brother came to keep me company so I headed to Timmy's and grabbed a couple of extra large coffees for us. As I was heading to the elevator I was pondering how I was going to push the button to summon the elevator. Around a corner came this little chubby man in a tweet suite with a big nose and an old style hat reminding me of someone from C.S. Lewis' days. He pushed the elevator call button and then walked into the elevator with me after it arrived. He proceeded to ask me, "4th floor, right?" I replied, "yes thank you." The whole while I was thinking how did he know which floor I needed. Is he an angel? I was tongue tied and couldn't speak. I got off on my floor and the doors closed and I was struck with he never pushed a button for himself, just my floor and he never got off the elevator when I left. I started praising God and thanking Him for this wonderful gift. I knew God was in the hospital but I never imagined He would let me see an angel! Well I thought this meant dad will live, you see I was fasting and praying asking God to spare me my dad but 2 days later dad passed away. He was peaceful and very content looking.

    What a gift! I pray often for the angels around us. Asking God to strengthen them. Next time if I see someone questionable I am going to ask them if they are an angel and just hope and pray they don't put me in the physic ward. :)

    Blessings,
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  3. Yay, what a great angel story! I love it. I know that many people have stories like this. But lots of people don't share, sadly.

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