Tozer Devotional

Thu, February 08, 2018

Executors of Divine Providence

Some protest the discussion of angels, saying, "Let's be practical!" By which they mean, "Let's limit our considerations to three-dimensional, sense-perceived objects." There is a day coming when the answers to our questions will be plain. On that day we will discover that the ministries of the angelic beings are indeed practical and very real.

Now, you probably are wondering how much personal experience I have had with angelic beings. "Have I ever seen an angel?"

I have never seen an angel. Nor have I ever claimed to be a visionary person. My calling has been to pray and study and to try to find from the Scriptures what God is doing and what He has promised to do. I proclaim the teaching of the Scriptures that the angels of God are busy in their special ministries. I base that observation on the Word of God, not upon any facet of my own human experience.

The Bible does not tell any of us to spend our time trying to get in touch with angels. It does tell us that angels exist and that they are busy. Their activity is frequently mentioned in the Scriptures. I am not going to skip over those references, ignoring them, as some do.

At times we talk about the providential care of God without really knowing what we say and what we mean. Some Christians testify to "coincidences" in their lives—perhaps two very important things occurring at just the right time and place. Hundreds of years ago Thomas Aquinas wrote to the Christian church, saying, "The function of God's angels is to execute the plan of divine providence, even in earthly things." Then John Calvin followed with his teaching that "angels are the dispensers and administrators of the divine beneficence toward us."

Verse

Cornelius stared at him in fear. 'What is it, Lord?' he asked. The angel answered, 'Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter.' Acts 10:4–5

Thought

Scripture records the ministry of angels to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Elijah, Jesus, Peter and many others. Angels also ministered to Hagar and young Ishamel, the beggar Lazarus and Cornelius. There is no biblical reason to believe that the executors of divine providence have ceased their ministry today.

Prayer

Lord, Your Word assures me that You use angels to execute Your divine providence. To my knowledge I have never seen an angel but I don't need to. Your Word is sufficient testimony.

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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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