The bible has many references to God’s angels and quite a few of them are directly involving human beings.
They are messengers of God, intermediaries between man and God, protecting, guiding, carrying out tasks for God and ministering to believers and unbelievers.
In the book of Hebrews we read;
13 But to which of the angels has He ever said,
“SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET”?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?
So we can see from this passage they are sent out.
I was raised in a Christian home and gave my life to Jesus at the age of 17 while attending a Christian holiday camp on the Isle of Wight.
Now that I am 66, I can look back over 49 years of experience and see the faithfulness of God and recall many answers to prayer, miracles and also times of suffering and confusion.
I felt that I should write a few lines to affirm the presence of angels in our world and also to encourage others who have had doubts.
Looking back, one of my first memories as a child was when I was about 5 and on my way to school. In those days, children often made their own way to school and this day was just one of them. It was lightly raining as I made my way towards the school along side a small brook that was about a ten foot drop down the bank. I was on the footpath as I came near to a large roundabout with a footpath around the outside. The brook ran underneath the road through a large tunnel and for some reason I decided to go a little way down the bank where you could walk over the tunnel above the stream.
Looking down into the stream, I could see there were stones and rocks in the water. I ran across the top of the tunnel which was muddy from the rain and slipped in the mud and fell off the edge all the way down into the stream about 10 feet or so below. I landed face down in the water among the stones and rocks but as I got up a lady was right there offering me her hand. I was unhurt from the debris, but wet through. She grabbed my hand and offered to take me home to my mummy. While we were walking she reached into her pocket and brought out a bag of my favourite sweets; dolly mixtures!
We chatted away for the mile walk to my house and when we got there she let go of my hand and I walked up the path to my house. I turn around to say goodbye, but the kind lady had vanished. Now some theologian will tell me that angels are male etc but all I remember is she was immediately there when I fell, had my favourite sweets, I was unhurt from a 10 foot fall into rocks and stones and that she disappeared as soon as I was safely home. So whether or not this was an angel, I believe God helped me as a little boy.
When I was eighteen and by this time saved and filled with love for Jesus, I was living in the basement of my parents house as there were not enough bedrooms for all the children upstairs. My mother had passed away when I was 14 and my dad had remarried a lady with 6 children. My dad and mum had brought 5 of us into the world! That’s 11 children in all. We didn’t all live together at that time but I was sleeping in the basement.
One day, I put on some worship recordings and joined in. After a while, I was totally lost in the presence of God and to be honest, this is the only time during worship that I have experienced this but I had a very strong feeling of angels in my room joining in with my worship.
Now both of those experiences could be explained away as a coincidence of just emotional feelings. I accept that but my third experience was incredible and I had a witness with me who agreed that something supernatural had taken place.
A number of years ago, I was asked by a fellow Christian lady if I could take her to Chelmsford to pick up as parcel as she had no form of transport.
I agreed and we travelled on the 1060 a road from Bishops Stortford. This is a country route through various places ending in “Roding” and in places is quite narrow.
We picked up the parcel and were travelling back on the 1060 when we approached a sweeping bend in the road, round to the right. We were moving at about 60 MPH. As we started around the bend, a large articulated lorry came around on the opposite side of the road. It was so big that it came right up to the middle of the road.
As we came upon the lorry, someone in a red car was overtaking the lorry on this blind bend. There was no way to escape a head on collision with this other car travelling at about 50-60 MPH, making our combined speed at least 100 MPH. It appeared to me that we were facing death and there was no time or space to escape.
As we came upon the red car, the only way I can explain what happened was that it felt like time stood still and a soft blanket came over me. Then all of a sudden we were through the other side and I could see the red car in my rear view mirror.
My heart was pumping very fast as I slowed and stopped. My friend was very shaken but confirmed that she saw exactly what had happened.
This was a supernatural escape and I’m sure it was the work of angels that caused us to “go through” the red car without any injury at all, praise God.
So I am a firm believer that during my life angels have ministered to me and protected me from disaster. A while back during a prayer meeting, when our church was small and fragile, I remember feeling concerned that we might not survive as a church. While I was praying the Lord showed me that above the front door of our building were two angels facing outwards, with swords drawn! The Holy Spirit whispered in my ear “I will not let you fail”. He has been true to His word and we are still going strong 20 years later. God is faithful!