Angels of Deliverance
by Albert M. Cheney
The Bible is filled with wonderful accounts of the deliverance of men and, in many cases, entire armies of men, from great danger by the power of God, led by His angels.
In old versions of the Bible, angels are portrayed as human beings with wings. Many people believe that angels live in a material place called heaven, which can only be reached by first passing through the experience called death. The mistaken theory that angels are beings with material forms, dwelling in a material habitation beyond the sky, is untrue.
Science and Health defines angels as, “God’s thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality.” Understanding the truth about angels brings with it an illumination of thought, and a rational explanation of how it is that angels are where God is, and manifest His infinite power and love.
The inspiring account of Daniel’s protection in the lions’ den is a definite example of how angels are at hand to help those who rely on God. Daniel was unafraid, and even though he spent the night in the lions’ den, he cheerfully answered the king’s greeting the next morning with the words, “O king, live for ever.” And in explanation of his deliverance he said, “My God hath sent His angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before Him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.”
Christian Science reveals the immediate availability of God’s angels, the goodness and power of which is entirely adequate to rescue from danger, protect from sin, relieve from poverty, and heal the sickness and sorrow of those who seem to be in a hopeless situation.
Jesus more fully demonstrated the truth of being than any other individual, and he steadfastly relied upon the angels of God to guide and sustain him at all times. His recognition of, and reliance upon, the angels of God furnish an example for all who are his followers.
The experience of Gideon is an outstanding example of how a humble, obedient, and trustworthy person can entertain an angel of God, and receive guidance, protection, and deliverance from oppressive evil in all its manifestations. Although Gideon and his small band were outnumbered many times, and his valiant men were not equipped with the material weapons of warfare as was the enemy, yet, relying on the power of God, and the instruction from his angel visitant, Gideon completely routed all opposing forces and won a great victory. How true it is, that he who takes the side of God, the side of absolute right, will find that he is on the winning side!
Perhaps we may say, that times have changed since the days of Gideon and Jesus. God never changes. His power is forever the same. Man, God’s spiritual reflection, is as definitely the object of God’s love and protection today as he was in ages past. The relationship existing between God and man remains unbroken, uninterrupted, and harmonious. The passing of years and the changing beliefs of mortals can never interfere with the operation of the law of divine Love.
The prophets, apostles, and early Christians were well aware of the presence of angels, and many were delivered from danger, death, and imprisonment through a knowledge of this fact, and obedience to the commands which they were given.
As we journey on, trusting in God, the angels of His presence are our steadfast guardians in storm or calm. Even though we may be in the depths of fear and despair, with the clouds of error closing in upon us, with error telling us that there is no way out, yet there is always at hand, awaiting our acceptance, a pure angel thought, a God-sent message, which is capable of dispelling and destroying the erroneous condition or illusion of belief, and bringing about complete release and perfect healing. How comforting the words of the Psalmist are, “He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways”!
We never need to be helpless or hopeless, because God’s angels of deliverance are always at hand. These spiritual messengers light the way and lead to peace and rest. Mrs. Eddy stated with unparalleled clarity what angels are, and what they meant to her. She writes in Science and Health: “My angels are exalted thoughts, appearing at the door of some sepulchre, in which human belief has buried its fondest earthly hopes. With white fingers they point upward to a new and glorified trust, to higher ideals of life and its joys.”