Devotional: The Unseen Army

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them.
PSALM 34:7
For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways.
PSALM 91:11

Do you believe in angels? I do! I believe there are myriads and myriads of good angels who are given charge over God’s people. The writer of Hebrews tells us that all angels are “ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:14). I am glad to know that wherever I go, there is an angel of God that encamps around me, ready to rescue me.

In 2 Kings 6 we read that the prophet Elisha was in a city besieged by a large alien army sent to capture him. His servant was dismayed by the tremendous numbers of the besieging army. But Elisha replied, “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then he prayed, “Lord, open his eyes so he may see.” When the young man looked again, he saw the hills “full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

Why around Elisha? Because Elisha fulfilled the qualification for such angelic protection: He feared the Lord. That one man, Elisha, was the focus of heaven’s armies. They protected not only the prophet himself. They were a defence for the young man with him and for all the people in the besieged city.

If God would but open our eyes, I believe we would see that the same is true today. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” We have a great unseen army on our side. Let us be encouraged. Let us take heart. Let us reckon with the presence of the Lord’s angels encamped around us, ready to rescue us.

Faith’s Response

Lord, please make the presence of Your unseen armies a living reality for me today.

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