Health and Healing. Day forty-four...
Have you ever felt the presence of an angel? Have you ever seen an angel?
Well, they surely surround us or else we would be dead by now.
Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. (Psalm 91:9–11 NKJV)
Even before I made the Lord my refuge, I must have had some “pre‐refuge” protection because I've had a lot of close calls that I've lived to tell about. Can you relate?
Back in the 1990s I had an encounter with what must have been an angel.
My furniture factory was located on historic Route 66—a popular highway for travelers wanting to experience America's heartland. A middle‐aged man wearing overalls stopped by my factory (he was on foot) one summer day, and wanted to earn some money to buy a bus ticket so he could go visit his daughter. So I put him to work picking up trash around the factory.
When he'd earned enough money for his ticket, I took him to the bus station in the local town. Nothing strange so far … right?
But after I'd dropped him off I began to wonder.
First of all, he had no odor. It was a sweltering summer day and he'd been walking for who knows how long—and he didn't smell. I smelled by that time in the day, but he didn't. Also, his clothes were very clean.
Secondly, he had no personality. He didn't have the typical human personality traits. He was neither friendly nor unfriendly. He was neither aggressive nor shy. He just was.
Lastly, he had no past or future—at least I couldn't get anything out of him. I'm pretty good at engaging people, but this guy didn't appear to have a past or a future, other than to tell me that he wanted to go see his daughter.
Later that same summer he showed up again at my factory—with pretty much the same observations on my part. And that's the last I ever saw of him.
After wondering about this guy for some time, I came to the conclusion that he must have been an angel.
I had no other reasonable explanation. And I had no idea why he stopped by, other than to maybe show me the condition of my heart toward strangers.
Movies such as, “It's a Wonderful Life,” portray angels with human personality traits. And I suppose most of us would like to find out more about the angels that work on our behalf—much as we would like to find out more about a new friend.
But angels don't get any celebrity status in the Bible. They serve us and they serve God. So it is interesting when we read:
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet …. (Psalm 8:3‐6 NKJV)
Please note: Some translations substitute “God” for “the angels,” because the Hebrew word “elohim” refers to both God and angels. But I believe “the angels” is the correct translation because the New Testament quotation of this verse uses the Greek word “angelos,” (translated as “angels or messengers from God”) in the place of “elohim.”
But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” (Hebrews 2:6‐8a NKJV)
Why does this matter?
It matters because Jesus was also made a little lower than the angels—just like us.
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. (Hebrews 2:9–10 NKJV)
Jesus was made a little lower than the angels for a certain period of time. And that period of time was His time here on this earth, as He suffered on our behalf.
As we talked about yesterday, Jesus was above (obviously) the angels both before and after His time on the earth. But while He was with us on the earth He was made lower than the angels, just as we were made lower than the angels.
What does this have to do with health and healing?
When Jesus came to earth in the likeness of man He was far more like us than we realize. Well, that's not exactly true: He was far more like our “potential” than we realize.
In other words, we have the potential to be more like Jesus than we ever thought possible. And what He says we can do, we can actually do.
Have a good day,