Angels and the providence of God”


One of the very hardest and most mysterious questions to ponder deals with how God works in our lives today.  In Bible times He dealt directly with many individuals.  In the age of miracles in the New Testament, it was visibly God at work and mankind could see it.  Yet the Apostle Paul wrote that those things concerning the miraculous were to cease:  1 Corinthians 13:8-10 (KJV) ⁸ “Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. ⁹ For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. ¹⁰ But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.”
How often I’ve wanted to be able to define how God works in His Providence today to our good. I know that He does and yet I cannot know all His ways.  It’s impossible to explain to a grieving faithful Christian parent how their child, who was also a faithful Christian, died in war and yet another one’s child was spared; however this doesn’t keep me from praying to God for each one of them.  I most certainly praise and thank God for the one who is delivered, but I cannot blame God if the other son is taken.
One preacher recently said in a lecture I heard that God doesn’t bend the path of the bullets, and the laws of nature will cause a life to be taken if in that path.  I can’t argue that point, yet there are so many times when one realizes he’s alive because he didn’t take that one last step that would have put him in that path.  Perhaps we all have recollections of such wonderful deliveries from a very present danger.  Your family can look back and believe that God had a work for you to do.  Yes, He could have used the one who perished as well, if that one was so willing to be used. God knows, and beyond our comprehension as to why, He allows the rain on the just and on the unjust to work His purposes.  I don’t know how God works, but I give Him all the glory when any good thing happens.   I continue to pray that good will heal the sick, spare a loved one, protect our troops abroad facing real danger.
As to the matter of “guardian” angels, there is very limited information in the Bible on their real function with mankind.  Obviously in the Old Testament and New they made appearances for specific reasons: Balaam’s talking donkey comes to mind (Number 22:4-35) as one where the angel of the Lord stood in the donkey’s path and literally saved Balaam from swift destruction by blocking the way. The angels appeared at the tomb with the women, and at the ascension of Jesus. They are indeed very real, and no doubt God can use them in ways to accomplish His will. I have no trouble believing that if God wants to spare someone from perishing, He can use any and all of His arsenal of power, including angels, to exercise His Providence on our behalf. Yet I cannot establish a theology Biblically that each person has his very own private guardian angel.   As one studies these passages, we must be careful not to force them to say more than they really do.  
Hebrews 1:13-14 (KJV) ¹³ “But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? ¹⁴ Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”
Matthew 18:10 (KJV) ¹⁰ “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.”  
(Acts 12:15 KJV) “And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.”
   

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