What does the Bible Say about Guardian Angels?
What does the Bible say about Guardian Angels, you may ask? Well, when it comes to exploring the concept of Guardian Angels, there’s really no better place to start than the Bible itself. The idea that certain angels guard over individuals originates in Ancient Judaism, but as this branched off into Christianity, so too did the idea of an angelic hierarchy.
There are many misunderstandings when it comes to Guardian Angels, so we’re going to consider the role of these beings, how they guide us to salvation, and we’ll explore some specific examples from scripture. But first, we’ll begin by considering a simple question: what is a Guardian Angel?
What is a Guardian Angel?
When you think of a Guardian Angel, what comes to mind? For many people, they imagine some form of an angelic bodyguard, one that has been sent by God to protect us from physical, emotional, and spiritual threats. This being might appear in the form of another human, nudging you out of harm’s way or offer advice that helps you avoid a dire situation.
For others, this Guardian may appear in the form of glorious and magnificent light, shining in golden color to warn off any demons. These ideas, while not entirely inaccurate, stem largely from entertainment media. Movies and TV shows often depict Guardian Angels as being akin to superheroes, diving in to save us from every threat we may face.
In truth, there is a lot of debate as to whether Guardian Angels have free will. They are extensions of God, much in the same way that fingers or hands are extensions of our own body.
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In the same way that our hands can’t make decisions, Guardian Angels aren’t all-powerful or all-knowing. They know or do whatever God allows them to. When we think of these angels, we often imagine that each person would be allocated a single Guardian, but some people will have multiple, and some angels will protect multiple people.
We see this in Matthew 18:10, which states:
See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven!
This brings us to our next point of discussion: what is the role of a Guardian Angel?
What do Guardian Angels Protect?
The best way to avoid any misunderstandings when it comes to these beings is to consider what their role is in relation to humanity. We may like to imagine that these angels exist to protect us from all harm, but they serve a much grander role than that. Let’s consider a couple of Bible passages before we continue:
Psalm 34:7 states:
The angel of the Lord encamped round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
From this piece of scripture, we get a glimpse into the role of Guardian Angels. They deliver us from fear, in whatever form it may take. There are those who fear God’s power, there are others who fear open water or dogs. Some people fear to be alone with their own thoughts or being surrounded by other people.
Fear can take any form, and its effect on our mind and spirit can be damaging. A Guardian Angel delivers us from fear, but not in the ways you might imagine. They don’t remove us from the situation itself, but rather provide us with strength, guidance, and courage, so that we may face our fears and return stronger.
Hebrews 1:14 states:
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
This simple verse offers us further insight into the role of Guardian Angels. The word ‘serve’ is misleading. These beings are not servants or slaves, but they do serve humanity by aiding us on our journey to salvation, which is exactly what we’re going to discuss now.
Guardian Angels as Spiritual Guides
Guardian Angels don’t lead us along a path free from obstacles, challenges, and danger. They don’t remove fear from our bodies or stop us from feeling discomfort. Instead, their role is to help us evolve, grow, and develop.
If these beings could be described as serving one purpose, it would be to prepare us for the ascension from the physical realm to the spiritual world. This could refer to heaven, but it could also refer to other facets of the spiritual journey that we all walk along.
The only way that we can reach higher spiritual planes, both as individuals and as a species, is through facing the challenges and obstacles in our way. Let’s consider an example: if you’re scared of public speaking, you might pray to your for support.
If they simply removed your fear, then you haven’t grown in order to accomplish your goal. If the fear remains but you’re also filled with confidence, you demonstrate to yourself and others that you have the potential to overcome the power of negative emotions.
The next time you speak publicly, you already know that this is an obstacle you can overcome.
What does the Bible say about Guardian Angels?
We can now see from having explored the topic of Guardian Angels in the Bible, that ‘guard’ doesn’t refer to constant protection from harm. These angels are guarding the progress of our spiritual journey. In a way, they are guarding our souls by preparing us for higher realms of consciousness.
This is a passage from Psalm 91:11:
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all ways.