Devotional

Do we have guardian angels?

Do we have guardian angels?

"Swim at Your Own Risk. No Lifeguard on Duty."

Those words might sound a bit perilous to a parent whose teenager is spending a lazy summer day at a lesser known beach. But to the teenager, the words call out, “Freedom!” No authorities within sight to spoil the fun. Now that’s a good time! Until help is needed.

Like lifeguards, God’s angels watch over us. Angels are spirit beings, without the earthly limitations of physical form, created by God as his agents for earthly missions. “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways” (Psalm 91:11).

Angels have been, and will continue to be, sent by God to battle evil and frustrate the ways of the wicked. For example, angels appeared in the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to announce their doom (Genesis 19). This mission of justice, though, falls in line with a greater purpose for which angels are created and called. “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:14)?

Just like we believe in a God whom we cannot see, we believe in angels whom we cannot see because the Bible convinces us so. Just like God cares for all people, but shows special attention to his children who love and believe in him, angels show the same special attention to believers. Every believer. Every minute. “Sent to serve.”

Is there a specific angel, a guardian angel, assigned to each believer? Jesus once taught about the care of God for children when he said that “their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:10). That doesn’t necessarily mean that one, specific angel is assigned to a believer for life, but it does mean that there are plenty of angels around and assigned to help. Also, those angels are holy, they are heavenly, and cannot lead us astray.

So put your faith in God to forgive you, bless you, and to take care of you not only with normal circumstances like lifeguards or a job, but also in his invisible, miraculous ways like sending angels. He remains superior to angels, by the way, so only God deserves your praise and prayers.

The Bible says that even angels praise him (Psalm 148:2)!

Join us in worshipping the God who protects us through his angels and in so many other different ways weekly. Saturday evenings at 6:00pm; Sunday mornings at 10:30am. Summer Family Bible Class is held on Sunday mornings at 9:15am. If you have any questions or needs, please contact Pastor Shrimpton.

Read the Bible Chronologically: February 2015

Throughout the next month, you will trace God's path to rescue his people, the nation of Israel, from their slavery in Egypt. The hardness of Pharaoh's heart prevents him from heeding God's commands, and so God must use the mighty arm he promised Moses to work plagues to eventually convince Pharaoh to let his people go, culminating in a climactic recuse at the Red Sea.

The latter part of Exodus and book of Leviticus deal with the laws concerning Israel's worship. As we read about all the furnishings for the Tabernacle, and hear of the animal sacrifices prescribed to remove sin, we remember the words of the New Testament authors:

Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.  (Hebrews 10:11-13, NIV2011)

But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. (Hebrews 9:11-12, NIV2011) 

Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. (Colossians 2:16-17, NIV2011)

Everything prescribed for Israel's worship from the guilt and thank offerings, whole burnt offerings, the Passover Lamb (see John 1:29), to even the colors of the coverings of the tabernacle pointed ahead to the promised Messiah who would do what the animals on Israel's altar could not do; Jesus would make true peace between God and sinful mankind by removing sin once and for all.

The latter part of the month will see the Israelites finally leaving Mount Sinai and begin their journey to the border of the Promised Land, a land they will unfortunately not enter for forty years because of their lack of trust in God's promises.

Links have been placed at the end of each reference to take you to BibleGateway.com's online resources. The English Standard Version (ESV) and the 2011 revision of the New International Version (NIV2011) links have been provided. You will find many different English translations on that website as well. If you prefer to have a printed list to keep in your Bible at home, you may download that here: Chronological Bible Reading Plan.

DateDaily Reading
February 1Exodus 7-9 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 2Exodus 10-12 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 3Exodus 13-15 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 4Exodus 16-18 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 5Exodus 19-21 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 6Exodus 22-24 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 7Exodus 25-27 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 8Exodus 28-29 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 9Exodus 30-32 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 10Exodus 33-35 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 11Exodus 36-38 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 12Exodus 39-40 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 13Leviticus 1-4 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 14Leviticus 5-7 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 15Leviticus 8-10 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 16Leviticus 11-13 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 17Leviticus 14-15 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 18Leviticus 16-18 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 19Leviticus 19-21 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 20Leviticus 22-23 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 21Leviticus 24-25 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 22Leviticus 26-27 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 23Numbers 1-2 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 24Numbers 3-4 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 25Numbers 5-6 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 26Numbers 7 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 27Numbers 8-10 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 28Numbers 11-13 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]

Read the Bible Chronologically: January 2015

In the first month of your chronological journey through God's Word, you'll trace the earliest events of the history of the world, from the miraculous, 6, 24-hour day creation of the universe at God's command through the calling of Moses in ~1500 BC.

In the history of the patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) we see imperfect people. They made mistakes, they need help. And in all of it, we see God's patience and undeserved love shine forth. From the first sin in the Garden of Eden through constant promises of universal blessing for all people through the founders of the Jewish nation, we see the promise of a global Savior, the Messiah.

Job's story likely takes place around the time of Abraham as well, thus it is interjected into the Genesis account. Job's faith is clear, as well. He knows that he has a Redeemer to rescue him from sin, and as a result of that Redeemer, Job knows that he too will be raised from death to life (see Job 19).

Links have been placed at the end of each reference to take you to BibleGateway.com's online resources. The English Standard Version (ESV) and the 2011 revision of the New International Version (NIV2011) links have been provided. You will find many different English translations on that website as well. If you prefer to have a printed list to keep in your Bible at home, you may download that here: Chronological Bible Reading Plan.

DateDaily Reading
January 1 Genesis 1-3 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 2 Genesis 4-7 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 3 Genesis 8-11 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 4Job 1-5 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 5Job 6-9 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 6Job 10-13 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 7Job 14-16 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 8Job 17-20 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 9Job 21-23 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 10Job 24-28 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 11Job 29-31 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 12Job 32-34 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 13Job 35-37 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 14Job 38-39 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 15Job 40-42:15 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 16Genesis 12-15 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 17Genesis 16-18 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 18Genesis 19-21 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 19Genesis 22-24 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 20Genesis 25-26 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 21Genesis 27-29 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 22Genesis 30-31 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 23Genesis 32-34 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 24Genesis 35-37 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 25Genesis 38-40 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 26Genesis 41-42 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 27Genesis 43-45 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 28Genesis 46-47 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 29Genesis 48-50 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 30Exodus 1-3 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
January 31Exodus 4-6 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]