Forklift Theology

Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.

Guardian Angel?

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Sometimes is just seems that some people are really lucky. I am not talking about somebody who wins the lottery. In fact, I would consider winning the lottery a curse. No. I am talking about the guy who barely dodges getting his face whacked when a binder bar flies loose. I am talking about the guy who falls off the top of a flat bed trailer, and somehow manages not to get injured. I am, also, talking about the gal who gets into a high speed collision and walks away.

What is it about these people? Were they just really lucky? Was there some sort of divine blessing that kept them from physical harm? Perhaps their guardian angel simple stepped in and shielded them from injury? Or what?

Wait! Don’t tell me you you believe in that.

Yes, much like the picture above, there is much nonsense with the concept of guardian angels. In fact, the Bible does not really say much about guardian angels. Moreover, in the sole verse that even hints at this, it doesn’t even call them guardian angels. It merely makes reference to a little one’s angel. That passage is Matthew 18:10 which reads:

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.”

This verse precedes the parable of the lost sheep. In it we find the story of a man who has one hundred sheep, and leaves the ninety-nine behind to find the one missing. It further states that the man rejoices over the one that is rescued, not the ones that did not go astray. It is then followed with verse 14, which reads:

“So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”

Thus it is that while the verse might hint at the notion of a guardian angel, the context is still that of salvation. However, that salvation can only be found in Christ Jesus, who died upon the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. Anything more than that is to twist the scripture out of context, reading into it something that isn’t really there.

Do guardian angels exist? Truthfully? I don’t know. I know some people have had the unusual blessing of surviving things that should have killed them. What it divine intervention? What it a guardian angel? What it just dumb luck? Truthfully, I really don’t know.

Sometimes the Bible is quiet on certain topics, and for good reason. We don’t need to know. While the Bible may hint at the existence of a guardian angel, it never says that is the case. So it is that we can never really know. However, live or die, if we are in Christ, we have life eternal. Amen.

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This entry was posted on 24/01/2016 by in Discernment, Forgiveness, Other, Sin.
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