The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.
And when Peter had come to himself, he said, 'Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.'
And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.
The whole idea of God's angel armies is thrilling, and this supernatural adventure story is real. It's good versus evil, and the winning team fights for God. With 'Myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands' (Revelation 5:11), His angelic forces are too vast for us to number.
But Satan also has countless legions, because one third of God's angels rebelled. They believed Lucifer instead of God, so they were exiled with him from Heaven.* Even so, the majority stayed strong. Their passion is to serve the Lord of Hosts.
Therein, they're worshippers and warriors; messengers, defenders and observers. They're directed by God and no other. By His Command, they minister to us.
Many Christians are fascinated by angels. Trinkets sell like household idols in Bible times. I confess: I'd like to see an angel from God, and I believe some day, I'll see both Him and them. But fascination is defined as bewitchment.** Surely, bewitchment comes from the opposite side.
If the apostle John fell to worship an angel from God (and was corrected), couldn't we fall to worship an angel from the enemy (without correction)?***
'The angel said to me, 'Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!' And he added, 'These are the true Words of God.' At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, 'Don't do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the Testimony of Jesus. Worship God!' ' (Revelation 19:9-10).
Bottom line: Angels deliver, but only by the Orders of their Commander. So make sure your worship, prayer and focus stay on the right Source: The Lord of Hosts.
To Be Continued...
* Short article: Did one third of God's angels fall? http://www.gotquestions.org/one-third-angels.html
** Etymology of fascination: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=fascination&searchmode=none
*** 'No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light' (2 Corinthians 11:14).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Deliverance series.