Saturday, December 27, 2014

Elephants and Angels

Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.

-- Psalm 103:20

There's an old story about three blindfolded men who were asked to touch and identify an undisclosed object. And that object happened to be live African elephant...but no one told them!

The first man touched the elephant's Elephantmuscular trunk. The second man grasped the elephant's boney tale. And the third man--moving his hands across the beast's rugged hide--marveled at its rough exterior. Needless to say, their impressions about the mysterious object were way off the mark. A 10,000-pound elephant was right in front of them. But they failed to see the big picture.

Many people these days also miss the big picture when it comes to spiritual matters. And that's even true for some long-time Christ-followers. So to correct this common vision problem, God has throughout history communicated His message through prophets, the Bible, the Holy Spirit and of course His Son, Jesus.

God also uses angels to spread the word. These are His special messengers that can appear to you and me, remain invisible or communicate to us in dreams. The Bible actually advises us to be hospitable at all times because we might be entertaining angels without even knowing it. What a get-together that would be!

But God's messages through angels are more than the stuff of cocktail party conversation; His are words that change history. In the Book of Matthew, angels revealed to Mary that she would soon give birth to the Savior of mankind. The angels confirmed to Joseph (Mary's fiancé) that the Holy Spirit was indeed the source of her pregnancy. And angels celebrated the Good News of Jesus' birth to the shepherds, who had seen the brilliant guiding star as it hovered over the manger in Bethlehem.

It's through revelation, confirmation and celebration that God heals spiritual blindness--and not just 2,000 years ago in an obscure village somewhere in the Middle East. As 2015 approaches, His big picture message continues to unfold to the world, and often through Christ-followers like you and me.

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