They have been watching us since the beginning of time. A few people have had encounters with them.
We have always had a fascination with angels.
Consider these brilliant, powerful creatures who filled the night sky announcing Christ's coming to the shepherds. At his darkest hour in the olive garden they appeared to strengthen their Lord, and on his glorious resurrection morning they moved the heavy stone, terrifying the soldiers guarding the tomb.
As we ponder their existence, remember their purpose. Many quietly minister to God’s people and serve their Lord who created them. It’s the fallen ones who make a great commotion. Be careful of these who disguise themselves to deceive men, supporting the atheist yet desiring our worship.That’s idolatry.
We’re warned not to listen to any angel bringing us a different message (Galatians 1:8) than the truth that Jesus, made lower than the angels for a little while, is now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death so that, by the grace of God, he might bring eternal life.
What about you? What voices do you hear? On the earth, evil spirits fight to get your attention. In heaven, there are voices of millions of angels and believers around the throne saying, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, riches, wisdom, might, honor, glory and blessing” (Revelation 5:22) as they all fall down and worship. So should we.
Precious Lord, you have redeemed us to God by your blood and are worthy of our praise. You alone deserve our worship. Thank you for making us sons and daughters and bringing angels to minister to us. Amen.
Go Deeper — Think about all the things in this world that subtly or brashly seek your attention. Study why idolatry is a great sin to avoid.
Read Further — Idolatry is not something that just happened in ancient times. This article talks about some of our “idols” today.
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