This past weekend we talked about angels at church. Neat subject. I had never really explored the ideas or truths about angels before so this was an interesting study for me. It reminded me of the important value of investigating what is actually in the scriptures, not just what I think is in the scriptures.
Angels have wings, right? Well – I didn’t find that in the scriptures. I guess that doesn’t prove they don’t have wings, but I couldn’t come to the conclusion that they do either. It’s a very subtle thing – but points to a much larger and more important issue. There is so much misinformation out there on biblical subjects – so many people interpreting scripture for you that you have to be very careful.
Study the word of God for yourself. Test long held beliefs with what you can actually find and support through the scriptures. Get involved with other brothers and sisters in Christ – and study the Word together. Ask God to provide you with wisdom and insight into the scriptures.
As we learn together, as we come to understand more and more of God, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, our natural inclination will be to want to know more, to be more like them and to spend more time with them.
One of the most common reactions I found in scripture relating to encounters with angels was fear and reverence. God’s angels were created by Him to worship Him, to be His messengers, to help effect His will on earth. When people encountered angels, and knew they were encountering angels, they fell face down in reverence and fear. But they did one other thing – they listened for the message and were obedient to follow it through. Usually they were already on God’s mission and the angel was providing further instruction, or encouragement to carry on – so obedience was a decision that had already been made. But in some cases they were receiving amazing messages instructing them to carry out activities that would only be possible through complete trust and obedience.
As we spend more time intimately studying God’s word, we build a more trusting relationship with Him. As that trust grows – when we hear from God, from the Holy Spirit or from a Rhema (living) Word out of the scriptures – we can choose obedience as a response because it comes from a relationship of trust.
What are you trusting God for right now? What are you hearing from God right now? What are you finding that seems new and exciting in the scriptures right now? The staff at Celebration, or your caregroup would love to know. Why not share with someone what you’re hearing and what you’re believing God for this week.
Fred Hill, Pastor