• Rev. Mark Tews

Guardian Angels

Syria, a nation just northeast of Israel, was at war with Israel. The king of Syria devised terrific battle plans, but before he could execute them, the king of Israel had already anticipated and thwarted them. After this happened repeatedly, the king of Syria accused his advisors of spying for Israel. They all denied it, but one of them informed the king that the prophet Elisha knew everything he said. Apparently, Elisha even knew things his advisors didn’t know; private, intimate things the king said to his wife in their bedroom. And Elisha told the king of Israel all about it. So, the king of Syria sent an army to capture Elisha.

“When the servant of the man of God [Elisha] rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, ‘Alas, my master! What shall we do?’ He said, ‘Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’” (2 Kings 6:15–16). Can’t you see Elisha’s servant doing a double take and holding his arms out in question? There’s obviously only two of them against thousands of enemy soldiers around the city. Can’t you hear Elisha’s servant questioning his master’s mental capacity?

“Then Elisha prayed and said, ‘O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.’ So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:17). God had literally surrounded them with His unseen guardian angels. “The chariots of God are twice ten thousand, thousands upon thousands.” (Psalm 68:17). God then granted Elisha his request that the Syrian army be struck with blindness. Then Elisha led the blinded army into the capital city of Israel, right into the heart of enemy territory and to Israelite victory.

Pray that God gives you the faith to see His guardian angels around you. Ask God to reveal His army of angels that He has sent to guard you in all your ways. Billy Graham, in his book on angels, shared several instances where guardian angels have protected God’s people in more recent times. As God’s own dear child, you too have guardian angels. You may not see them, but you can know they are there. In fact, the Bible tells us that every believer has their own guardian angels. Jesus said: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 18:10). Also, a guardian angel delivered Peter from prison (Acts 12:6–19). We don’t know what our guardian angels look like, but rest assured, the Word of God says that every believer has them. So, pray that God opens your eyes of faith to know that they are there.

DON’T BE AFRAID! Don’t be dismayed when it seems that the whole world is set against you. Instead, serve God with boldness, for He has sent His holy angels to protect you from harm and danger. Boldly proclaim Jesus’ name, because “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” (2 Kings 6:16). You are unstoppable in God’s Will and work. Then, when your work is done, trust God to send His holy angels to carry you home to heaven. In the verses of Luke 16:19–31, Jesus tells the story of a rich man and a poor man. The poor man was named Lazarus. The rich man died and went to a place of eternal torment. Lazarus died and was carried away to heaven. He was a believer and trusted in the Lord. Even though Lazarus didn’t fare well on earth, he would get to spend eternity in a place that made the rich man’s earthly mansion look like an outhouse.

Every believer will be carried to heaven at death. When you die someday, the angels will carry you into the presence of God and all His people who have gone before you. Guardian angels surround you while you’re alive and they accompany you when you die. So, pray that God opens your eyes and don’t be afraid.