“The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and my native land, who spoke to me and swore to me, ‘I will give this land to your offspring’ – He will send His angel before you, and you can take a wife for my son from there.” (Genesis 24:7)
Abraham decided: he must get a wife for his son, Isaac. Sarah was dead. Abraham felt the need then to get this matter taken care of, so he called in his trust servant, Eliezer of Damascus, and instructed him to go to his and Sarah’s clan and find a wife for Isaac. Eliezer knew the right question to ask, “What if the woman is unwilling to come?” Abraham gave an enlightened response: “The Lord will send His angel before you.”
We don’t talk much or think much about angels, but the Bible teaches us they exist, that they are very real. Hollywood tends to popularize this and take great liberties with the idea of angels, distorting the biblical view of who they are. They are spirit beings created by God to carry out tasks and deliver messages from God. Angels work in the background, mostly invisibly, since they dwell primarily in the spirit world unless God makes them visible to us.
Abraham certainly believed in angels. He met three on one occasion, in fact. He knew that getting the right wife for his son, Isaac, was a critical matter in the plan of God, and that told him that God would lead in this. He was assured that God would send an angel ahead of Eliezer to prepare everything.
When there is a task or mission of great importance in the working of God’s kingdom, God sends His angel ahead of us to prepare the way. This is a matter of faith for us, and so we trust this into the hand of God. We walk by faith, not by sight.
Lord, In those tasks of this day that are important to what You want achieved, we ask You to send Your angel ahead of us to prepare the way. We trust the outcome to You. Amen.