Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Angels on Assignment?

He shall give His angels charge over you,
to keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
(Psalm 91:11-12)
Jesus said, “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10). “Little ones” probably refers here, not simply to children, but to all those who receive the kingdom of God in a child-like manner, that is, in full dependence upon God.

The author of Hebrews says of angels, “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14).

There are certainly enough angels to go around for each one of us. However, angels do not go about on their own accord, doing whatever they please, but they minister by assignment. They are sent forth to minister, and God gives them charge over us. Psalm 103:20-21 says that His angels do His Word, heed the voice of His Word and do His pleasure.

The assignment of angels does not appear to be a general appointment to a particular class, but specific to each believer. The sense of Jesus’ statement is that each “little one” has an angel in heaven who beholds the face of Father God. (Hmmm, “face time” with the Father.)

God takes a particular interest in each one of us, so it should not be surprising in the least if God has assigned a particular angel to each one of us.

Our focus, however, is always to be on God, not on His angels. God gives the angels their assignments, we don't. Nor are we ever advised in Scripture to seek out our angels and try to communicate with them. But since the angels heed the voice of God's Word, they honor the Word of God in our mouths when we speak it in faith.

The Word of God in your mouth will activate the angels God has appointed for you in their assignments.