At one point in Martin Luther’s stormy career, he received some discouraging news. But he responded by saying, “Recently I have been looking up at the night sky, spangled and studded with stars, and I found no pillars to hold them up. Yet they did not fall.” Luther was encouraged as he reminded himself that the same unseen God who was upholding the universe was caring for him.
There is another unseen source of help from which God’s children can take courage when facing a physical or spiritual crisis—angels! Those heavenly hosts are called “ministering spirits” (Hebrews 1:14), and they are instantly responsive to God’s command. Little do we know what powerful protection and help they provide. When Jesus was enduring agony in Gethsemane, “an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him” (Luke 22:43).
But you say, “I’ve never seen an angel.” No need of that! It’s enough to know that they do their quiet, protecting work beyond the realm of physical sight. They call no attention to themselves, lest we focus on them instead of Jesus. But their presence is real. Just knowing that these unseen helpers are on our side strengthens our trust in God, whom they faithfully serve.
The angels of God assist the people of God as they do the work of God.