Many people say to me they are ready to go. Even more say "not yet." But those who aren't ready to see Jesus aren't saying so because they want to witness to one more person...see their family saved...finish a mission. It's because they are attached to the world.
Look what the Lord our Holy God promises to us:
I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Have you sought the Lord? The more you seek Him, the more you want Him. If you're feeling unsteady on your feet, or attached to the world, it may be because you have not sought the Lord.
And look what you get if you seek Him! He listens to you, answers, and delivers you from all your fears! Pretty good deal.
Looking to Him will make us radiant because He is the Light. Looking to the world will make your face dark. Your countenance will fall. (Genesis 4:5). But looking to the Light will make your face radiant, not the least reason is because you will have been delivered from all your fears. Sweet deal again.
The angel of the Lord is Jesus, most interpreters interpret. They say so because "The angel of the Lord speaks as God, identifies Himself with God, and exercises the responsibilities of God (Genesis 16:7-12; 21:17-18; 22:11-18; Exodus 3:2; Judges 2:1-4; 5:23; 6:11-24; 13:3-22; 2 Samuel 24:16; Zechariah 1:12; 3:1; 12:8). In several of these appearances, those who saw the angel of the Lord feared for their lives because they had “seen the Lord.” Therefore, it is clear that in at least some instances, the angel of the Lord is a theophany, an appearance of God in physical form."
What could be better than that? O, to be encircled by the protection and love of Jesus! Brother and sister, we have it. Look to Him and He will encamp around you.
Looking to the Lord and seeking Him means praying, reading the bible, attending worship, thinking about Him, singing praises to Him, following Him, and obeying Him, among other ways. Look to Him, He is your all in all.
Headlines are nothing. Jesus is everything.