What is supernatural?
– Of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universe especially : of or relating to God, spirit, or devil.
– Departing from what is usual or normal especially so as to appear to transcend the laws of nature.
“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am The Lord your God. Leviticus 19:31
That the God in Whom we trust is supernatural, that His Son is the supernatural Saviour and that The Holy Spirit is supernatural in His being, presence and power.
But such is the case and the more we realize this fact the greater our comfort, hope, and usefulness as Christians.
There is not a moment of our lives that we do not, consciously or unconsciously, exercise faith – in a person, an object or a law. This is based on our confidence in and experience with the person or situation before us. We sit in a chair because we believe it will bear our weight. We ride in an elevator because we believe it is constructed and maintained to carry people safely from one floor to another. We ride in an automobile because we have confidence that it can take us to our destination.
In fact, every phase of our daily lives is predicated on faith. That these objects of our confidence are real and generally trustworthy is an unending source of comfort and satisfaction. Remove such confidence and life becomes a nightmare.
But for the Christian there exists a greater source of confidence, inexhaustible in its help, comfort and blessing. Our confidence is in God and all that implies. David in Psalm 40:4 says: “Blessed is that man that maketh The Lord his trust …” It is God, the sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent God—The One Who is Loving, kind and gracious—in Whom we can trust.
We repeat again:
Throughout Scripture, we see numerous instances in which angels were an integral part of God’s plan.
The obvious reference is to Abraham, whose angelic visitors appeared to him as men (Genesis 18). This verse may or may not confirm that angels are indeed walking among us unawares; “have shown” is past tense, so present-day encounters are not explicitly mentioned.
There are dozens of scriptural examples of angelic encounters, so we know that God can and does use angels to accomplish certain things. What we don’t know for sure is how often angels allow themselves to be seen by people. Here are the basics about angels from the Bible: angels can instruct people (Genesis 16:9), help people (Daniel 6:22), deliver messages to people (Luke 1:35), appear in visions and dreams (Daniel 10:13), protect people (Exodus 23:20), and help carry out God’s plans.
We know that God created angels, and He uses angels in His plan. Angels have a sense of individuality, as some have names (such as Gabriel and Michael) and all have different responsibilities within the angelic hierarchy.
But do they walk among us? If God so chooses to use them in His custom-made plans for us, yes, they absolutely can walk among us doing God’s will. Angels are mentioned in Genesis and in Revelation, and they witnessed the creation of the world (Job 38:7). God has used His heavenly host from the beginning of time and will still use them at the end of time, according to Scripture. It is quite possible that many people today have met or seen an angel without realizing it.
If angels do walk among us, it is because they are serving a God-ordained purpose. The Bible mentions demons who wander the earth with no purpose other than to destroy (Matthew 12:43–45). Satan and his demonic force can probably appear physically, much like holy angels can. Satan’s purpose is to deceive and kill. Satan “masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).
An important note: angels are not to be glorified or worshiped (Colossians 2:18). They are entities who carry out God’s will, and they refer to themselves as “fellow servants” with us (Revelation 22:9).
We should always be mindful of the people we come across in our lives. Whether they share the same beliefs as us, we should never treat someone badly. As Christians, we should allow the love in our hearts to lead us in treating everyone warmly. In times of the Old Testament, people would entertain guests and some of those guests turned out to be angels. Be kind to everyone you come across – angel or not. It’s the best way to express the love of God within us.
Dear God, I pray that I will be loving and accommodating to every person I come across – regardless of the differences we may share. Lord, may I reflect Your Love in the way I treat my brothers and sisters in The Lord, and those who may not know You. When I come across strangers, may my heart be welcoming towards them. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.