watching over us: the role of angels on earth and beyond

Imagine heaven, and there’s likely lots of clouds and sunshine involved. There’s God and His son, sitting on cloud thrones. And there’s also many angels singing in a gospel choir….it’s all just a guess.

People have many varying ideas about angels, their roles in our lives here on earth, and if we have guardian angels looking out for us from above or even living among us. Just like heaven, it’s a cloudy idea that the Bible doesn’t necessarily directly address. This, of course, leaves plenty of room for interpretation.

Today we will not only touch on what the Bible does say about how we’re taken care of, but we’ll also gain assurance that yes, angels do exist, and they might be closer to us, as we go about each day, than we might expect.

Covered with His feathers.

The idea for discussing angels in the first place came from reading Psalm 91. Every word in this Psalm is radiating with pure love and comfort, and angels play a key role in this.

God, of course, is capable of anything, even things beyond our human understanding. As our Father, He serves as our refuge. We have no true reason to fear because He is always watching over us and protecting us. Yes, in this moment, there’s likely factors in your life that are making you anxious or insecure, obstacles that feel too overwhelming to face, but that doesn’t outweigh the magnitude of God working in our lives for our sake.

Angels serve a similar purpose to this feeling of protection. Verses 9-12 say, “If you say, ‘The Lord is my refuge’ and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

I see angels then as exemplifying this quality of God. Think of God as the center of the equation, and the angels then as the arms wrapping around us. They are playing a special role for God by directly nurturing His children and reaching them in deeper capacities.

Angels, as with anything spiritual, are personifications of pure love. God is love, and He loves us, and He loves us unconditionally. He created angels out of love for us, to guard us even better and give us a more intimate connection with that fatherly devotion.

Angels on earth?

While I am blessed enough to not have lost anybody close to me yet, I know that I have lived among people who I cannot describe any better than “angels.” When you see what the Bible says about angels, you see that same love and caring nature in these people and influences that stumble into your life.

I personally believe that angels take on different forms. There are some angels that we may never meet in-person, but they are always watching over us. When loved ones return to our heavenly home, they will watch over us and take care of us, but they aren’t necessarily in angelic roles. These angels and spirits often require us to really focus our attention on to appreciate. They come to us in earthly signs, like a random feather on the path, but they aren’t visible to us. That doesn’t make them any less powerful; it’s just harder, as humans on earth, to remember and acknowledge that presence and embodiment of God.

Other angels are here on earth. They are people like you and me. They may not consciously know the role they serve, but they enter our lives, briefly or longer, and comfort us. Their embracing arms are feathers that wrap us in that angelic love we crave. They represent God in the purest form. While we all have purposes that God wishes us to fulfill in this life, their purpose is angelic.

Hebrews 13:2 says, “Do not show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” I’m not about to suggest deciphering for yourself if you’re here for this purpose or somebody else is, but let this verse remind you to show kindness and compassion to everyone you come across.

Do a quick Google search, and there are abundant firsthand accounts of random strangers walking into people’s lives and offering the comfort and support we need in times of crisis and dismay. They aren’t people we are “supposed” to seek out. They’ll come to us just at the right time.

Final thoughts.

In the Bible, angels are characterized as “ministering spirits” and offer human beings consolation when it’s needed most. Each of us have our own angel that constantly watches over us in a special way. And we also encounter angels here on earth that provide immediate support.

God created angels to protect us, comfort us, and further communicate His love to us. Angels are the intermediaries between the Father and His children. There is some vagueness in this description and understanding, but I think that’s what God intends. He doesn’t share with us in Scripture the complete nature and role of angels. This is simply the nature of our faith and relationship with Him: we believe, even when there’s mystery involved. We know angels exist, but we don’t have to know every little detail and try to wrap our heads around figuring it all out.

We throw around the word “angel,” but I don’t see that as a bad thing. I think having some ambiguity makes it even more beautiful. We don’t have to know it all to receive this blessing from heaven and on earth. All we have to do is surrender to His mercy. Express gratitude for angels and all they do. Embrace the help you receive from them. Let them instill hope that everything will be okay.

What do you believe about angels?

Take care, and keep the faith. -Allie

Author: Allie

A flower child passionate about faith, social justice, and love.

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