Are Angels Camping Around Your House?

Scripture promises that "he angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear God.

A number of years ago, my wife and I talked to our four young children at dinner about whether or not we ought to let angels camp on our deck. It's a conversation that deserves some explanation.

Our young children knew that the Bible says that the angel of the lord encamps around those who fear God.  And, that God commands his angels concerning His people. Children need to picture concepts, so, at dinner we talked what angels camping around us  looks like. Do angels have to punch in when they are on duty?  Do angels talk with each other about who is assigned to our family? 

You may roll your eyes at such talk, but our children were young and we prayed they would absorb the reality that angels truly do watch over them.  We want them to know that one way or another, angels encamp around us. 

The trouble with our angel picture at that times was that we moved into a house where we needed a new yard.  We were surrounded by mud.  The kids wondered if angels would consider that ideal camping.  One daughter thought maybe that we could grant them permission to camp out on the deck.  As the theologian in the family, I reminded the kids that angels get their marching orders from God and not from us.  The deck is all theirs if He chooses.

Be encouraged.  If you know Christ, then God commands His angels concerning you.  Psalm 34:7 says that the Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him.  If you know Christ, angels pitch their tents in the yard.  Or in the words of Psalm 91:11 , God will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. . . . a thousand may fall at your side, 10,000 at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

This post adapted from Chris Brauns's, Angels Camping On Our Deck.

Posted on November 2, 2014 .