“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” – Isaiah 43:2 (NIV).
Followers of arguably the most successful English football club, Liverpool, are always encouraged by their anthem, “You shall never walk Alone!” The chorus that roars through their stadium, Anfield, before any game, is always an inspiring moment to the team and its worldwide supporters. It is a comforting experience for anyone on any journey to know that he is not alone but surrounded by well-wishers, some quite obviously closely around while others maybe in the far distant, around the globe.
Followers of Christ too, are most privileged that they are not walking alone! Immediately around them there are brethren who give them hope and comfort. Believer’s lives are also surrounded by mysterious beings, angels, cheering them along in their walk.
But then what are angels? The word angel means “Messenger” and there are numerous instances when God uses angels to deliver a message to His people. An angel of the Lord told Mary, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a son, and shall call his name Jesus” (Luke 1:30-31). Angels are “ministering spirits sent forth to minister to those who will inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:4). Angels do defend, protect and deliver believers when trapped in some knot. Psalm 34:7 says, “The angel of the Lord encamps around all those who fear Him, and delivers them.” Further, Psalm 91:11-12 says, “For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone”
Angels do strengthen believers whenever down. Luke 22: 43 says that when Jesus was tempted in the Garden of Gethsemane, “an angel appeared to him from heaven, strengthening Him.” As believers we are not walking alone, and what a comfort to know there are angels around, cheering us along the way.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, what a blessing to know that in my walk with you I am not alone but surrounded by the brethren to strengthen my faith and angels who protect and deliver me from all harm, to which I am full of thanks!