What Does the Bible Say About Guardian Angels?
Written by Jenn Arman | April 9, 2012
What do you picture when you think about guardian angels? I imagine something like a single angelic bodyguard: A being who goes with me everywhere and who leaps into action whenever something bad is about to happen to me. The problem with that idea is bad things still happen to me sometimes. Does that mean my guardian angel is sleeping on the job?
Normally when we think of guardian angels, we think of specific beings assigned to us by God to stay by our sides and watch over us from birth or salvation until death.
What does the Bible say about angels?
- Angels may protect believers from accidental harm.
For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, That you do not strike your foot against a stone (Psalm 91:11-12).
- Sometimes angels deliver God’s people from their enemies.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them (Psalm 34:7).
The prophet Elisha and his servant experienced this in 2 Kings 6:15-17 and Daniel experienced it in the lion’s den (Daniel 6:22).
- Angels encourage and minister to believers in extremely difficult times or trials, such as when Elijah was fleeing from Jezebel.
He [Elijah] lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, ‘Arise and eat.’ Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came again a second time and touched him and said, ‘Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you’ (1 Kings 19:5-7).
- Angels deliver wisdom and guidance from God to believers, such as when Joseph was contemplating ending his betrothal to Mary.
But when he [Joseph] had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit’ (Matthew 1:20).
- Angels may escort the soul at death.
In Jesus’ parable of the rich man and the poor man named Lazarus, the Bible says:
Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried (Luke 16:22).
- Angels rejoice over salvation.
In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents (Luke 15:10).
Any time angels minister to believers, it is always in obedience to God and with God’s authority.
Nowhere does the Bible actually teach that believers are assigned specific angels at birth who stay by our sides for our lifetimes. However, there is a lot of Biblical evidence showing that even though we may not have specially assigned angels to follow us, God still assigns His angels to watch over us.
Personally, I like the idea of God using many angels to watch over me–sometimes I cause a lot of trouble and that might be hard for just one angel to handle!
What are your thoughts about guardian angels? Do you like the idea of one specific angel watching over you, or God using many angels to watch over, guide and protect you?
Are they [angels] not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14).