Most of us know angels exist by virtue of the teachings in the Catholic church as inscribed in the Bible. However, there is too much noise in the world to the extent we sometimes doubt the existence of angels.
Today, I'd like to assert the angelic presence in our lives using the book of Tobit.
We will focus on the four main characters; Tobit, Tobias, Sarah, and Raphael. It’s a whole lot of Jesus turning tables while bringing happiness to people who are miles away using the same angel!
It’s important that we first summarize the book of Tobit just in case you do not know the story.
The Pain and Light in the book of Tobit
Imagine being so obedient to God to the extent you feel you deserve the Lord’s protection round the clock. Then sparrows droplets make you blind. That’s exactly what happened to Tobit.
In normal circumstances, we would ask God so many questions. Tobit didn’t. Instead, he embraced his new self.
Sarah on the other hand had lost seven husbands. She harbored a demon that killed the men. She was devastated. Like Tobit, she wished God would take her life.
If you’d like to read the story of Sarah and Tobit in-depth, Laura Kazlas has brought it out so nicely here. Now, let’s go back to the question concerning the existence of angels.
Angel Raphael in the book of Tobit
I don’t want to repeat what you already know about the book of Tobit. I’d like to affirm the presence of angels in our daily lives.
First, let’s meditate upon this scripture:
Tobit 3: 16
As Tobit and Sarah were praying, God in heaven heard their prayers and sent his angel Raphael to help them. He was sent to remove the white film from Tobit’s eyes so that he could see again, and to arrange a marriage between Sarah and Tobit’s son Tobias, who as her cousin had the right to marry her. Raphael was also ordered to expel the demon Asmodeus from Sarah. At the very moment that Tobit went back into his house from the courtyard, Sarah, in her house in Ecbatana, was coming downstairs.
I get mesmerized any time I read this scripture.
Tobit and Sarah were miles away yet the Lord was using the same Angel to simultaneously heal them!
How God uses Angels in our lives
It’s important to note that every character in the book of Tobit prayed. They prayed both for help while in distress, and prayed again to thank God after deliverance.
What am I saying?
For God to use His angels to deliver us, grant us breakthroughs, or heal us, He must find us in a prayerful mode. Our lives must make God happy.
Once we tune ourselves to what God expects of us, we will see the angels in action in our lives.
Angels are present in the people we interact with on a daily basis. When Tobit asked Raphael his name, he replied; “my name is Azarias, and I am the son of the older Ananias, one of your relatives.” (Tobit 5:12).
Yes, he was an angel masked in Azarias!
If we do not walk in the light of the Lord, we will still receive angels. Unfortunately, they will be the devil’s angels.
Why we fail to encounter Angels
When we curse God instead of blessing Him
No matter the situation, we need to praise the Lord all the time. In the book of Tobit, God used the pain in Tobit and Sarah to ensure Tobias met Sarah for marriage.
Tobit would probably be fine if he never went blind. It was because of a lack of finances that he remembered his debt, prompting him to send Tobias on a journey where Tobias met Sarah.
Pain is mostly a trigger for better days ahead.
When we are with the Lord, He takes control.
Tobias had never been to Media, but he heeded his father’s instructions. That’s what led God to send the angel Raphael to the aid of Tobias.
Most likely, we wouldn’t want to commit ourselves to travel to a place we do not know. If Tobias had refused to travel, the angel would not have appeared.
The whole plan of God would have failed.
Tobit would have remained blind.
Sarah wouldn’t have met Tobias.
Sarah’s deliverance wouldn’t have taken place.
Throughout the pain that Tobit and Sarah were experiencing, they were patiently praying. Although each of them asked God to take their lives in lamentation, they never stopped to pray.
That depicts patience.
God was preparing an angel somewhere to reward them for their perseverance.
Impatience kills the Lord’s plan.
Abraham and Sarah waited.
Paul and Silas waited.
Joseph Potiphar’s servant waited.
All of these names have an element of prayer attached to them. They did not just pray. These stars in the holy life movie aka the Bible prayed without ceasing. They never gave up nor did they try shortcuts to get themselves off the hooks of their problems.
Such is the patience we all need. We can only acquire such patience with the help of angels around us.
If you haven’t read the book of Tobit, schedule some time to read it. It’s an eye-opener. Angels and Saints have a huge task.
And what should we do to those who help us?
We need to extend our sincere gratitude to them.
Since we don’t meet the angels face-to-face and often forget to thank them, All Saints Day is a special, mostly invisible celebratory moment we can’t afford to miss.
Imagine it’s only one day out of 365 days!
Let's try acting like we are the angels.
If someone needed help a second time but showed us their back the last time we helped them, we’d be reluctant!
Although angels don’t behave like us because they are pure, they deserve the honor.
Angels are our destiny's helpers. They don’t come flying. Angels hide in us. It's important for us to remain joyful so we can tap the angelic messages in the people around us.