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Daily Reading: Lamentations 3:1-66 ESV, Hebrews 1:1-14 ESV, Psalm 102:1-28 ESV, Proverbs 26:21-22 ESV

Daily Verse: “Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14 ESV)

LEITOURGIKOS (3010): “Is related to the performance of service, employed in ministering, Heb. 1:14.”[1]

Performance of service.

Paul, the presumed author of Hebrews, talks about angels in today’s passage.  Heavenly beings in the Bible witness for God and don’t draw attention to themselves.  Angels have different purposes: bring messages (Lk 1:26-33), praise God (2:13–14Heb 1:6Rev 5:11–12), serve God’s people for Him (Mt 4:11Heb 1:14), protect and care for God’s people (Mt 18:10Lk 4:10Acts 12:7–10).

God sends spiritual help in our times of need.  Most often, we probably don’t even notice the divine intervention.  One of my favorite fiction books, This Present Darkness,[1] helped me understand spirituality.  Written by a pastor, the fictional work brings a fresh perspective.

Spiritual battle.

Understanding the spiritual side of life challenges me.  Recognizing forces exist beyond our comprehension, the ever-raging battle for souls seems hard to grasp. Not understanding doesn’t make spirituality nonexistent.

During my flight attendant training, I learned the physics of how airplanes fly.  I still don’t understand how colossal metal tubes spiral hundreds of miles an hour through the air.  But planes still fly, currently one of the safest ways to travel.  I don’t have to understand it to believe it, nor do you.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV)

Spiritual battles rage we know nothing about from our worldly perspective.  I don’t understand the logistics of how a plane flies, but I know they work.  And I trust God’s word; I don’t need to know everything; I can trust Him with what I don’t know.

[1] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 150) Thomas Nelson


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