We might not be able to see the angels most of the time, but they are there!
When the king of Syria was warring against Israel (2 Kings 6) and realized that Israel’s prophet Elisha was telling the king of Israel the king of Syria’s moves ahead of time, enabling Israel to evade the Syrian army, the king of Syria found out where Elisha was and sent horses, chariots, and a great host to surround him and take him. When Elisha’s servant got up early in the morning, he saw that the Syrian host had surrounded Elisha’s city with horses and chariots. He went to Elisha and said, “What are we going to do?”
And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 2 Kings 6:16-17
God delivered the host of the Syrians into Elisha’s hands by smiting them with blindness, and Elisha delivered the Syrian host into the hands of the king of Israel.
Horses and chariots of fire were round about Elisha! But they couldn’t be seen until God opened the eyes of the servant to be able to see them. Elisha had said, Fear not, for there are more with us than with them, and that was true whether or not Elisha’s amazingly powerful protectors could be seen.
In 2 Chronicles 32, the Assyrians came against Judah and Jerusalem when Hezekiah was king. Hezekiah encouraged his people with these words:
Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him: with him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. 2 Chronicles 32:7-8a
Later in 2 Chronicles 32, God took care of the situation:
And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land. 2 Chronicles 32:21a
There are angels all around us, to minister to us, to protect us, and to do God’s bidding.
But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? Hebrews 1:14
Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain…who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire. Psalm 104:1-2, 4
Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come night thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Psalm 91:9-12
Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. Psalm 103:20-21
Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:1-2
If you would like to read another amazing example of how God takes care of us, check out 2 Chronicles 20:1-30, which describes an amazing event that occurred during the reign of Jehoshaphat.
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