Entertaining Angels

Don’t neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2 HCSB

My wife heard a knock at the door. When she opened the door, standing on the front porch was a construction worker with our young son, Jonathan. He asked if this little boy was our son. My wife responded yes and as any mother would do, gathered Jonathan into her arms. The man told her how Jonathan had wandered onto their construction site a couples doors down from our house. My wife brought Jonathan into the house, asking him why he had wandered off from our yard. In her concern for Jonathan, my wife had forgotten to properly thank the man for bringing Jonathan home. She made her way to the work site and inquired about the man who had brought Jonathan home. She even described what the man looked like, but the foreman for the job assured her that they did not have anyone working there that fit that description. We have always wondered if the man who brought Jonathan home was an angel sent by God to help protect him from any harm.

This verse reminds us that we may entertain angels at times without even knowing it. Abraham entertained an angel without realizing it (Genesis 18:1 and following). Judges 6:11 and following records that Gideon entertained an angel. There used to be a television show called “Touched by an Angel”. Each week the angels would work in different situations to bring about good in a person’s life. Billy Graham wrote a book on angels and tells stories of people in recent times who were visited by angels. We never know when we might encounter an angel. He may not be wearing a white robe and wings but may be dressed just like one of your co-workers or a fellow student.

Challenge: Always be prepared to show hospitality toward those you encounter each day. You never know when you might encounter a real angel, sent by God to help you in some way.

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