And he said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and seize him.” It was told him, “Behold, he is in Dothan.” So he sent there horses and chariots and a great army, and they came by night and surrounded the city.
When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. II Kings 6:13-17 ESV
I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them. Psalm 34:4-7 ESV
In England, the queen or king is guarded by a group of men called the Yeoman of the Guard. Their job is to protect the queen or king from danger or any kind of attack. Nowadays their job is a ceremonial one, but many years ago they each carried a quiver of arrows and a longbow. They were ready to fight to protect the king or queen. They started at a time in England’s history when there were sometimes more than one person who claimed the throne. Sometimes there were wars fought over who should be the king. One of these wars was called the War of the Roses. In this war Richard III and Henry VII fought over the throne, and Henry VII won. He made his bodyguard a permanent fixture of his reign, and it continues to this day.
When the army of Syria came after Elisha to seize him and bring him before their king, Elisha’s servant was frightened. The army and its chariots had surrounded the entire city where Elisha was living. Elisha’s servant asked Elisha what they were going to do. But Elisha wasn’t worried. He could see something his servant couldn’t see, and he prayed that God would open his servant’s eyes so that he could see it too. God answered this prayer, and suddenly the servant saw that there was a huge army with horses and chariots of fire around them on the mountain! God had sent his angels to protect Elisha and the city, and there was no need to be afraid.
We might not be able to see angels around us the way Elisha did, but we can be sure that they are there. God promises to send his holy angels to help and protect us. These angels might sometimes protect our bodies from being hurt, but even more importantly, they protect us from the forces of evil that are around us. The devil and his fallen angels try to get us to stop believing in God’s word and trusting in his love. But God loves us very much. He sent Jesus to be our Savior and to bring us into his family. His holy angels help keep us strong and close to God, no matter what happens.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your angels to keep us safe and to help guard us from the forces of evil. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.