Tozer Devotional

Tue, February 06, 2018

God's Servants to God's People

We are probably most familiar with angels as a result of the Christmas story. They heralded Jesus' birth. "Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God" (Luke 2:13). Jesus Himself spoke of "legions" of angels. "Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?" (Matthew 26:53). The writer to the Hebrews refers to their number as "thousands upon thousands" (Hebrews 12:22). And David the psalmist refers to "the chariots of God" as numbering "tens of thousands and thousands of thousands" (Psalm 68:17). No one is able to answer conclusively why God made the heavenly host so numerous.

Going back into the Old Testament, we note that angels apparently had some function at the creation. In His conversation with Job, God spoke of laying earth's "cornerstone" and remarked that "all the angels shouted for joy" (Job 38:7). Angels figured in the giving of the Law at Sinai. "The law," wrote the apostle Paul, "was put into effect through angels by a mediator" (Galatians 3:19).

An angel—Gabriel by name—appeared to the virgin Mary with the announcement that she would give birth to a Son whom she was to name Jesus (Luke 1:26–31). In telling the story of Lazarus, the destitute beggar, Jesus declared that "angels carried him to Abraham's side" (Luke 16:22). It is a picture almost reminiscent of the "ticker tape" parades welcoming our nation’s heroes. That righteous beggar was escorted into the precincts of heaven with the angels leading the procession. I am convinced that the angels of God have a large role in preserving the righteous.

Verse

Then the angel said to me . . . At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, 'Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! Revelation 19:9–10

Thought

God uses His angels to minister to His people. We may be unaware of angelic ministry in our daily lives but it is God who uses angels. They serve Him in serving us. It is to God we are to direct our worship and our thanks.

Prayer

Thank You, Lord, for using angels to serve Your people.

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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the Jesus, Our Man in Glory Chapter 5 - Jesus, Lord of the Angels

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