Genesis 32:1-2: ‘Two camps.’

“Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him. When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is the camp of God!” So he named that place Mahanaim.” NIV

Thank God for the ministry of angels. Jacob was afraid of meeting his brother Esau, but he had an angelic encounter which encouraged him. He called the place ‘Mahanaim’, which means ‘two camps’. He came to see that he was not alone. Yes, there was his camp; but angels also were camped around him and his family.  We are usually unaware of the ministry of angels. Their activity is regularly invisible – but no less real for being unseen. However, from to time, someone may recognise (or at least have an inkling) that they have met an angel. If the curtain could be pulled back, so that we were able to see all that is happening in the unseen realm of spiritual reality, we would be amazed, I’m sure.

Angels, or no angels, God knows when we need encouragement and the best way to send it. This morning I met a friend who bought me a coffee and took interest in my life. I can’t tell you what a gift that is. But if you have such a friend – and I hope you do – you will know well enough what I mean.

PRAYER: Lord, you are the God of all encouragement. Thank you for the tangible ways you bring encouragement to me.