Does each person have a guardian angel?

Does each person have a guardian angel?

One of the most comforting passages of scripture regarding God’s care over his people is Psalm 91.  In Psalm 91:11 we read

 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

 This certainly sounds like God has a special agent angel assigned to your case. One must always study the context, author, setting and use of a passage to know its power and claim its promise.

A soldier or commander of the Lord’s army in Israel may have written it as he was preparing for battle.  Verse 7 says “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you” giving the idea of a soldier being preserved in extreme danger.  Most of the threats and dangers are not specifically defined.  This gives us a wider application so that believers in many circumstances can take comfort in the fact that nothing can happen to harm him unless God allows it.

Ultimately, the Psalm and the protection of the Lord will be fulfilled perfectly in the kingdom of Christ in the Millennium.  Psalm 96 to 100 are in a section of Psalms about Christ’s reign.

Satan quoted this verse in the temptation of Christ (Luke 4:9-10) Jesus responded that to jump from the pinnacle of the temple would have been a sinful act.  Sensational miracles for the purpose of the spectacular do not fit in with Christ’s agenda of humble service and sacrifice. 

Hebrews 1:14 is another important scripture in regards to guardian angels.

Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?

God assigns not just one angel, but an entire host of angels to serve those who are saved.  God permits problems or accidents that occur even though we cannot understand why at times.  He is in control and his angels are agents to do his will.

Even more important than physical protection, the salvation of the soul is for eternity.  If a person only views God as a savior from difficulties, he is missing out of the most significant protection of all – salvation from Hell, forgiveness of sins and a home in heaven.  Jesus told a story in Luke 16:19-31 of a rich man who appeared to be enjoying great blessing yet found himself in hell. Even if God were to save you from cancer, from accident, hunger and disaster, you still would not have received the greatest blessing of all – eternal life. Trust Him as your savior, not just for disaster, but also for eternal life.

"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household."  Acts 16:31

Shad David Sluiter