Angels appear numerous times throughout the Bible carrying out different tasks in the name of God. While the rules for Angels are not apparent and seem to vary with their different appearances, some tasks that Angels carry out have consistency. The general theme of the many roles that Angels have is that everything they do is in service to God. Since we as humans, can’t see God directly, the Angels appear to us on his behalf. Here are a couple of the ways in which the Angels serve God.
Angels are God’s Messengers
The Angels’ role as God’s messengers is the most recognizable. Most people are aware of the many instances that Angels have appeared in the Bible to deliver God’s word to people. Their name in the Biblical Hebrew, mal’ak, even means “messenger”. When God has a message to deliver He often chooses to send his Angels to speak for him.
From announcing the birth of Christ to the shepherds to delivering the news of Jesus’ resurrection, Angels often appear to people when important events are about to happen. Although Angels often deliver good news, they also come to Earth to deliver warnings from God. The most famous example of this was when the Archangel Uriel appeared before Noah to warn him of the coming flood.
Angels Protect People
Besides delivering messages from God, one of the greatest roles that Angels have is in protecting humans. The idea of Guardian Angels is so pervasive in our world and this belief is reinforced by the many times Angels have come to the aid of people throughout the Bible. Throughout history many people claim that a Guardian Angel was watching over them when they were in great danger.
A well-known example of an Angel protecting someone from physical harm in the Bible is the story of Daniel. God rewards Daniel for his strong faith by sending down an Angel to shut the mouths of the lions in the den Daniel is trapped in.
Today, it’s common for people who survive major accidents, soldiers returning from war, and anyone who avoids imminent danger to attribute their good fortune to a Guardian Angel.
Angels Guide People
People often turn to God during those times in their life when they may be feeling lost. As you pray, God may send down an Angel to guide you help you toward the right path. Since there are numerous Angels, one can be called upon during your hour of need. When you need advice the most, one of God’s faithful Angels may lend you a helping hand.
There are several stories in the Bible that mention Angels guiding people in some way. In the story of Moses, God sends an Angel to guide him and the Hebrew people to the promised land. The Angel stays with them through the journey and appears as a cloud by day and a pillar of fire at night.
Angels Praise and Worship God
When the Angels are in Heaven their main role is to praise and worship the glory of God. This is one of the main reasons they were created. It is also why God created us. The Angels are there to remind us of God’s splendor and lead us closer in our relationship with Him. From Revelation 4:8:
“Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.’”
Angels are Providers
God uses the Angels to provide people with physical necessities like sustenance. In a few stories in the Bible God sent Angels to provide food to those who showed great loyalty and faith. After Christ’s 40 days of temptation in the wilderness, Angels appeared to administer to his physical needs. The Angel of the Lord also appears to provide food to Hagar in Genesis 21:17 – 20 and Elijah in 1 Kings 19:6.
Angels Record Deeds
As Angels move amongst us, they take notes on what happens here on Earth. Many people believe that our Angels record everything that happens in our life as part of the universe’s official record. This belief that they watch everything we do is supported by stories from the Bible. In the Book of Job,it’s revealed to us that Angels have been watching us since creation. In 1 Corinthians 4:9, Paul describes the Angels watching us like we watch sports:
“For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men.”