Safe and Secure from All Alarms

by Lilian Elizabeth De Silva             

 “For He shall give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.  Psalm 91: 11 NASB 

It’s not always obvious when angels are present, as they can appear in human form. Hebrews 13:2 (NASB) warns us, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.”  I’ve personally experienced instances when a stranger turned up to assist me at a time when only God could help.

In June 2019, I was recovering from heart surgery in the ICU. At dawn, as I was waking up, I saw four angels attending me. Smartly dressed in pure white trousers and shirts, they were swift and agile in performing their tasks. I remembered Scripture which spoke of angels: “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1: 14 NSAB). Later, as I went to sleep that night, I saw another angel drawing a net over me, and still another watching over me.

There are many accounts in the Bible of angel visitation. While sitting at the door of his tent in the heat of the day, Abraham saw three men standing opposite him. He rushed to provide for their needs (hospitality—even to strangers—was important in his culture) and received word from them that the son promised by the Lord would arrive in the following year. The strangers then moved on to nearby Sodom.

Joshua, on the eve of the attack on Jericho, saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword. Joshua wasn’t sure why he was there, so he asked: “Are you for us or for our adversaries?” The man explained that he was the captain of the host of the Lord. He had come to assure Joshua that the Lord and His army would go before the Israelites in the battle, just as He had promised before they ever entered the land.

There are many other examples of angelic interaction, both in the Old and New Testaments. Jacob was given a vision of angels on a stairway to heaven before leaving the land that he loved. Gideon was visited with a message from God. Samson’s mother was given instructions on how to raise her son by an angel. David encountered an angel just after a plague had been released on his people. Zechariah, Mary, and Joseph heard the news of the coming Messiah through an angel. At the beginning of the Church, angels visited Cornelius with instructions and brought Peter out of prison.

Hebrews 13:2 assures us that God is still using His messengers today.

As I was regaining my normal health, my younger son’s family, who were in Melbourne, invited me to their home for a stay. I did not know much about travelling overseas. I was travelling alone, so I asked my children to describe, step by step, what would happen on the journey. Upon arrival, my son would pick me up. He assured me he would see me as soon as I emerged from baggage claim.  

After collecting my bags, a steward helped me push my trolley. She walked with me from one end of the terminal to the other several times – but we could not spot my son. Finally, a man overheard our conversation and asked: “Do you need to make a call to someone?” I gave him my son’s number.  He called and my son answered. I looked back and I saw my son, and we waved from a distance. A connection had been made. But when I turned to thank the helpful man, he was gone.

Psalm 34: 7 (NASB) tells us, “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him and rescues them.” We may not always recognize or even see them, but God’s messengers continue to minister among us.  

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About the author: Lilian DeSilva is the founder of several women’s ministries, including a Pastors’ Wives Fellowship, which represents over twelve denomination is Sri Lanka. She is known for singing praise songs while engaged in whatever work the Lord has given her to do.

She is the author of three books: The Promised Messiah, Be An Overcomer, and Sing with Me. She also has a Song CD, A Ray of Hope, available on Amazon. 

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Angels Unaware

by Sheri Schofield

Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!  Hebrews 13:2, NLT

 The young man was standing by the side of the road near a busy corner, holding a sign asking for help. His very pregnant wife stood next to him, holding a sleeping child over her shoulder. A little boy about four-years-old sat in the shade of the tree in a stroller.

They appeared to be Hispanic. Were they from our southern border? The thought crossed my mind. I pulled over. “Hi!” I said, smiling and holding out some money in one hand and the picture book about Jesus I had written for children in the other.

The wife smiled and came over, accepting the gift and thanking me in slightly accented English.

“I have a book for your little boy,” I said, handing her the book. The mother was pleased.

The family stood at that corner for two days, then they disappeared. I do not know if I will see them again, but at least they have been warmly welcomed to my town . . . and helped.

At our southern border, people from Central America are flooding into our country. I have no need to know how the politicians are going to handle the crowds wanting in. My only concern is to ask myself, “What would Jesus do?”

Abraham had that same spirit toward strangers. One day, he sat in the shade of his tent under a grove of trees. It was hot. He noticed three strangers standing nearby. He jumped up, ran over to them. “My lord,” he said, “if it pleases you, stop here for a while. Rest in the shade of this tree while water is brought to wash your feet. And since you’ve honored your servant with this visit, let me prepare some food to refresh you before you continue on your journey” (Genesis 18:3-5, NLT).

As they visited, one of the men told Abraham that his wife would have a son. But Abraham and Sarah were very old! Sarah laughed silently to herself and thought, “How could this be possible? I’m way too old for such joy! And Abraham is old, too!”

Now we come to the interesting part: “Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son” (Genesis 18:13-14, NLT).

One of the strangers was the LORD! Later we learn that the other two were angels – His messengers.

We do not know all the reasons behind the migration from Central America to the United States. But regardless of human motivations, I see that it is ultimately God’s hand bringing them here to us. He is intimately involved with all people, not just our own.

So I ask myself, “What do we have here in America that people in Central America and other countries may not have?” Our freedom to hear and choose our own religion comes immediately to mind. This is not true in many places—in Latin America and around the world.

Next question: “Why is God sending these people to us?” That’s easy! So we can share the good news about Jesus with them!

Lord, let us put politics aside and see Your hand! You have brought Central America to our doorstep. Help us reach these people for Jesus! Let us demonstrate Your love for them. And just maybe, angels will be among those whom we welcome in Your name.

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sheri schofieldAbout the author: Sheri Schofield is an award-winning children’s author-illustrator and children’s ministry veteran of 40 years. Sheri was named Writer of the Year in 2018 at the Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference for her work in effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus. Her ministry, Faithwind 4 Kids, can be followed on her blog at her website, http://www.sherischofield.com. Questions welcomed!

Sheri’s new book, The Prince And The Plan, is a beautifully illustrated, interactive picture book, written for children ages 4-8, that helps parents lead their children into a lasting, saving relationship with Jesus. It explains abstract concepts through words and interactive, multi-sensory activities. Useful for children’s ministry as well.

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