His Angel Goes Before You

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…He will send his angel before you… ~Genesis 24:7

In the days when your faith is dry as the desert sands and the path ahead is foggy, do not be afraid. We wrestle with our own thoughts about what God should be doing in our lives. I am amazed even at my own concepts sometimes when I believe I know what a vast and holy God ought to be doing, but isn’t. But the truth is I cannot begin to understand the immense activity of a world I cannot see.

When I observe Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars,
which You set in place, what is man that You remember him, the son of man that You look after him? ~Psalm 8:3-4

Abraham and Sarah waited decades for Isaac’s appearance. It’s not hard for us to see the hand of God in their story, we read over it in a few pages. They lived it … year after barren year … in the shadow of a promise that couldn’t possibly come true. Yet, after it was naturally too late, God made it supernaturally possible.

You say you’ve waiting on a prayer to be answered? Have you wondered why God let tragedy become part of your story? Are you puzzled at the disappointment He continues to allow to exist in your life? I’ve walked those roads.

We can’t possibly see the whirl of activity all around us, like radio waves for which we have no receiver.  Abraham sent his servant to find Isaac a wife and he said to the servant that God would “send his angel” ahead of him.

It is easy to think that if God were really in control then nothing bad would ever happen to me. I don’t know why we think that way. I do know that Jesus Christ the Son of God couldn’t claim to have a life wherein nothing bad happened. He suffered in many ways through his life. Many years before Mary gave birth to the Messiah, the Psalmist wrote …

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 … ~Psalm 91:9-11

Do you remember where we see this verse show up again? This startling promise of God? The next time we hear these words they come convincingly from the lips of the Tempter.

“If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He will give His angels orders concerning you…” Matthew 4:6

What is the lie of the devil? Isn’t it that if God is God, and Jesus is God’s Son, then certainly nothing bad will happen to him. Jesus’ response?

Jesus told him, “It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God.” ~Matthew 4:7

What are you waiting for God to do for you today? What heartache has made you wonder if He cares … or if He really exists? What painful experience has the Enemy whispering in your ear one of his favorite words… “If”.

What if God has sent his angel before you?

– Could he have protected you from pain and heartache a hundred times before?

– Has He already answered your prayer with ‘yes’, but the time for you to understand and see that has not yet come?

– Have you given up in prayer because you see no results? I have done that before. Do we realize that our years that pass are simply blinks to the Father?

We so seldom see the spiritual gears turning and falling into place, but to God it is all very visible and evident. I love this song and how it expresses faith in God’s ultimate working.

I do think it is acceptable and even needful to wrestle with God in prayer. Isaac’s son Jacob would wrestle with God and receive a new identity. How long did it take for God to give to Abraham’s generations all of the promises he first heard on a lonesome desert night? In our microwave, drive-thru, instant society we tend to question how God works. When we do, I think we should affirm that God does work. Tomorrow may be the day you see. Or maybe not.

But walk in faith, friend. He has sent his angel ahead of you and you are never walking alone.

JD

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