What Does It Take To Get An Angel’s Visit?

Angels are often thought of at this time of year.  An angel visits Mary.  An angel visits Joseph.  Angels announce the birth of Jesus to the shepherds.  This is a time when angels get a lot of publicity.  Would you like to have a visit from an angel?  I admit that it sounds like it would be pretty cool.  I think angel visits are pretty rare.  I think they are fairly well occupied in the heavenly realm worshipping God.  However, there are times when they enter our realm and visit.  However, angels in the Bible usually visit people who are being asked to do incredible and often difficult things for the glory of God.  Below is the beginning of Gabriel’s announcement to Mary:  26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

Both Mary and Joseph had a very difficult task to do.  Angels that appeared to Daniel or Jeremiah or Ezekiel appeared to men who had very daunting tasks ahead of them, or who had completed very daunting tasks.  So, before you long for that angel’s visit, make sure you are ready to do what God might ask you to do.  Or, perhaps God is already asking you to do something daunting, in that case if you do it, you might find an angel at your door.  Either way, angel visit or no angel visit, God is watching you, guiding you and equipping you so that you can accomplish His will for your life.  I don’t think a visit by an angel makes it any easier to do what God desires.

Merry Christmas



One comment

  • mlibby@bucknell.edu

    How blessed we are that while an angel might not have said the words to us we are highly favored and have the Lord with us. We are blessed among man when we love the Lord! Seeing an angel would be awesome (and maybe frightening) but we have the message we need if only we open our hearts and minds to God.

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