Angels. We often see images of them around Christmas as winged warriors or chubby cherubs. In the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, Clarence the angel is a gentle and kind of clumsy friend. When we see angels in the Bible their role is to be God’s messengers. For example, an angel visited Mary, announcing her role in the birth of the Messiah.
Some may find the supernatural to be evidence of the Bible being less than historically accurate and more myth than fact. However, the presence of angels shouldn’t necessarily cause us to doubt. For instance, in the case of Samson, there was no Bible to serve as a guide for faith and practice. Even in Mary’s time, while there was the Old Testament, what God planned was very unexpected.
Samson’s parents needed to be briefed on what was going to happen related to their unexpected pregnancy and the purpose of their son as a judge for Israel. God didn’t want them to be unprepared, so He chose a messenger to give them clear instructions. It is different for us since we have access to the full account of what God is doing and how He wants us to live. We are in a much better position because we have access to the story in detail. All the more reason for us to read, learn, and adjust our lives to live accordingly.
There is one more thing though. God may still employ angels to interact with us. Listen to what Hebrews 13:1-2 says, “Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!” (NLT)
You and I don’t need angels to show us how to be fully devoted followers, but we may discover one day that we have interacted with God’s messengers and didn’t even know it!