For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve came to me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul! You must stand before Caesar, and God has graciously granted you the safety of all who are sailing with you.’ Therefore keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will be just as I have been told. – Acts 27:23-25
These are Paul’s words to his fellow captives, guards and boat crew. Notice first the line, “the God to whom I belong.” Paul knew who he was. He belonged to God. That is possession. I prayed once for someone to be possessed by God, and it freaked them out. Paul wanted to be totally taken over by God.
Then he comforts the people with a story of an angel coming to visit him. I almost titled this “FREAKED BY AN ANGEL.” Because that is how I think many people would react to someone telling them that an angel came and spoke to them. Not in Paul’s day. Not in the New Testament church.
Angels still come, they still speak to people. It was considered normal in the New Testament Church for these encounters to take place.
Lord, open our eyes like you opened the eyes of Elijah’s servant to see the unseen world around us.