Most of us have an incorrect view of angels. Some believe we become angels when we die, while others worship and pray to angels. Fortunately the Bible has much to say about the millions of angels serving our Creator, even describing what they look like.
Many Christians relate experiences where they believe an angel has intervened in their lives to protect them, because we are assured in the Psalms: “For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone” (Psalms 91:11-12).
A minister, and the author of the article (link below) relates that while driving across a bridge, a truck hit the rear of his car by accident and he and his wife were rapidly propelled to the edge of the bridge where they would be plunged into the river far below—a fall that would have meant certain death. Even the driver of the truck was sure the car would go over the edge of the bridge --- but it didn’t! The car moved back to the left, although the driver was sure he did not turn the wheel to make it happen. Both he and his wife felt an angel moved their car back into the driving lane—keeping it from going off the bridge.
But these great and powerful angelic beings are not just personal bodyguards, they were created by God as agents to accomplish His spiritual purpose with humanity on this earth. They serve to direct us to God and teach us about God’s role in our life. In Hebrews it states that “angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:14, NLT).
Angels were created by God before our planet or the known universe was formed—they were shouting for joy as God laid its cornerstone. “Who…” God asked Job, “laid its cornerstone—while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?” (Job 38:6-7, NIV). We are also told what angels look like. The seraphim, twenty-four elders, and cherubim around the throne of God are described in detail in Revelation 4, Isaiah 6.
So, is it appropriate to worship or pray to angels as some do? The experience of the Apostle John gives us the answer. “Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. Then he said to me, ‘See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God’” (Revelation 22:8-9).
Angels are ministering servants of God with one focus—to worship God, to serve God, to assist God in His great purpose for humanity which is to bring many sons to share His glory for all eternity.
God uses angels to monitor His creation and human activity, and we can be encouraged and strengthened by that understanding.
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