Study from God’s Word…Judges, Chapters 13 - 16 … Passage for Reflection: Judges 13: 6 … NIV 6 Then the woman went to her husband and told him, "A man of God came to me. He looked like an angel of God, very awesome. I didn't ask him where he came from, and he didn't tell me his name.”
My Journal for Today: Back to the Book of Judges; and I’m led into that wondrous story of Samson, the superhero Judge who led God’s people so precariously, using the super strength which God’s Spirit had lain upon this man of God. But the story of Samson reveals just how weak any man (or woman) can be, even Spirit-led believers, if he (or she) does not use the Spirit-given power which God has provided for a set-apart believer to exercise for God’s glory.
Samson was a curious and carnal leader of God’s people, relenting to his human weaknesses which rendered his Spirit-given power useless; and we all can learn from this truthful story about how any of us can be rendered powerless by choosing to pursue our carnal nature rather than relying upon the anointing power of God’s Spirit which is available to any/all believers who choose to be filled with and use God’s power, which is in us as Christians.
God brought the message of Samson being born to his parents by the Lord’s Messenger, a pre-incarnate appearance of God Himself as an Angel, … and angel of the Lord. And Samson’s mother and father had trouble seeing that this was, in fact, the Lord Himself coming to them as an Angel Messenger to bring them the good news of the birth of their son. But when The Angel of God ascended to heaven in a flame, Samson’s father realized that this was the real deal – and their lives had been spared, having been in the presence of God Himself.
Today there is a worldly, “new-age” fascination with angels. There are reports of angel sightings, and the study of angels, “angelology,” abounds. But we can easily, in our human desires for power and control, let the study of or fascination in angel stories get in the way of THE ANGEL of angels, the Lord’s true messenger, Jesus Himself, Who came to impart His power into the lives of anyone who believes in what He came to do – AND DID – so that mankind can be saved of his weakness to sin. We seek after images of angels, and we are misled by an “angel of light,” Satan, who wants us to pursue his counterfeit angels rather than seeing and receiving the very power Samson finally came to use to bring down man’s world around him.
My friend, if we believe in the saving power of “The Angel of the Lord,” Who is Jesus, we have His resurrection power in our lives to do all He has anointed us to do in His Name and for His Father’s glory. So, that is the image of Angels we need to be pursuing, staying away from any worldly image of angels Satan may use to confuse and confound us as to The Truth. Jesus is the only “Angel” I need pursue; and He is the way, the truth, and the light for all of mankind.
My Prayer for Today: Lord, … You are my only Angel; and Your Spirit brings me Your power for life. Amen