"Changing of the Guard: God Has Sent Angels to Help You"
By Helen Calder
Angels in Every Direction
Has it felt like you are going through a season of transition or change? This is happening to so many of us,
and not only on a personal level. We have all been experiencing a constant pivoting and adjustment, globally. Yet, in the midst of change, there is a place of hope and joy God has prepared for us! If you can relate to this, here is a promise from God's Word
for you today:
"The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them" (Psalm 34:7, NKJV).
"All around" means that no matter which direction you turn—whether to the north, south, east, or west—God has stationed His presence and angels around you.
On the 26th of December, I was watering some plants outside our house when I saw a small angel decoration lying
on the ground, but then forgot about it until the next day, when I noticed it again after one of our boys had meticulously cleared the area after our Christmas lunch. I thought, "That's funny." So, I picked it up, and as I did, the Holy Spirit said, "Pay attention!”
A Changing of the Guard
As I put the angel on our kitchen counter, I realized it was
not an angel at all—only a piece of ribbon! But still, a strong awareness that God was speaking stayed with me. (On occasion, the Holy Spirit uses something I come across, or see, to speak to me. Those who can relate to having a "seer" gift may be able
to relate to this.) Later, I said to my husband Malcolm, "I believe God is speaking about a 'changing of the guard.' We're going through change, and there is a corresponding shift happening in the atmosphere of the Kingdom around us...especially in the angelic
At the very moment that I was speaking, I knew this was a significant word, because "changing of the guard" speaks of workers (or warriors) coming in
to take over a new shift...right at a point of transition. And it's a reminder from the heart of our Father that He arranges resources to be available at the right time, or as we might say, "Just like clockwork"—and this includes angels!
Here are three biblical examples of how God is using His angels to work for us:
- Angels Are Being Sent to Accompany You in Transition
Jacob and his whole family were on the move, headed toward Canaan. He knew God had told him to take this journey, but
still he couldn't shake the feeling that danger was up ahead. The last time Jacob saw his brother Esau, Esau had threatened to murder him. Now, Jacob mused over the real possibility that his whole family was in danger. While they were on their way, they encountered
angels of the Lord camped in the same area.
"So Jacob went on
his way, and the angels of God met him. When Jacob saw them, he said, 'This is God's camp.' And he called the name of that place Mahanaim." (Genesis 32:1-2)
word for "met" (paga) in verse one, meaning "encounter," is a strong word. It can also mean "strike" (Strong's H6293). Amazed, Jacob said, "This is God's camp," and he named that place Mahanaim, which means "double camp."
"The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them." (Psalm 34:7, NKJV)
about to see fear turn into favor. Like Jacob, you may also be in a time of transition. Even though your future is unseen, you can be assured that His angels not only surround you, but they also accompany you.
2. Angels Are Working on Your New Assignment
Joshua stood in front of Jericho's walls. He was in a place he had never been before, with
a greater responsibility than he had ever faced. But he knew God was with him.
"And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked,
and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, 'Are You for us or for our adversaries?' So, He said, 'No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.'" (Joshua 5:13-14, NKJV)
Not in Your Own Strength
Maybe, like Joshua, you have a weight of responsibility, and
you do not know how you will bear the load. There is ground to cover and territory to take!
An assignment from God will always be something you cannot achieve in your
own strength. You need the empowerment of the Holy Spirit—His courage, wisdom, and discernment. You also need God's physical intervention because there is a gap in your capacity! This is where angelic assistance comes in. Even now, power is being released
through your "yes" to God! And just as Joshua did, you will see God moving into your gap.
3. Angels Are Protecting
You in a Time of Warfare
One morning, Elisha's servant came running in with some bad news. The Syrian army, along with horses and chariots, surrounded the city where they were staying. He cried
out, "...'Alas, my master! What shall we do?'" (2 Kings 6:15). But Elisha knew that God's army was protecting him, regardless of what it looked like on the outside. He knew that "The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them"
So Elisha prayed, "...'Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.' Then 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" (2 Kings 6:17, NKJV).
Just as it was for Elisha's servant, so it is for us today. Having a revelation that God is taking care of you, and that He has encamped
His angels around you, is a remedy for fear and the beginning of deliverance.
Angels Are "On the Job”
In the Psalms,
we learn that angels, who "excel in strength," are responding to God's directives and carrying them out (Psalm 103:20). So they are "on the job," directly employed in answer to prayer!
rejoice in this reminder: God knows your location, and He has sent His angels to look after you. You can rest assured that these heavenly "change agents" are at work in answer to your prayer. But more than that—much more—God Himself is present
"'For I,' says the Lord, 'will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.'" (Zechariah 2:5, NKJV)
By Helen Calder
528 Ellsworth St. SW
Albany, OR 97321