Have you ever seen an angel?

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John G. Paton believes he has.

John was a Christian missionary, and while he was was carrying on the work of the Lord in the New Hebrides Islands, hostile natives surrounded his mission headquarters one night, intent on burning the Patons out and killing them. Paton and his wife prayed, terror-stricken, all that night. At dawn, they were amazed to see the attackers, without a word, just turn and leave.

A year later, the chief of that very tribe was converted to Christ. Paton then asked him what had kept him and his men from burning down the house and killing them that night.

The chief asked Paton a return question: "Who were all those men you had with you there?" Paton told him that just he and his wife were there, but the chief insisted they had seen hundreds if not thousands of men standing guard. Big men. Strong men. Men with raging fires in their eyes. Men in shining garments with drawn swords.

Have you ever seen an angel? We usually cannot see them, but God promises, "He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways" (Psalm 91:11).

God also promises: "The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and He delivers them" (Psalm 34:7).

We must not worship angels, and we must keep our attention on the Lord Jesus Christ, but it is very comforting to know that that they are there!


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