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What about Guardian Angels and your Spirituality?
Whether you are, or consider yourself, spiritual is not the point here? We know that there are guardian angels. They work with good people and bad. They work as ministering spirits for those who shall be saved. [And by that, as we have learned previous sections, is meant saved from physical real world problems and issues.]
For example, we are told that God ordains the powers that be as “… a punishment to evildoers and for the praise of them that do well”, I Peter 2. When the government uses its liberty, to be a punishment to them that do good and praise to evildoers, it, it would seem, ceases to be ordained of God.
Remember the illustration in a previous section on the man who received two traffic tickets. He grew spiritually by listening to the message that the police were giving him.
That is true even though the cops had no idea that that was what they were doing when writing the tickets. Joseph in Genesis told his brothers that when they sold him into slavery they meant it for evil,
but God meant it for good.
Joseph had chosen to look at what happened to him spiritually rather than visceral.
I do not know those officers so I am not slamming them personally. But that was back in the day when there was an oppression of certain people because of their race or ethnicity.
It is not impossible that these officers were evil men. But whether they were or were not, that is irrelevant.
The man, who was on his way to betray his friend and received the tickets, might have written it off as the police are bad and oppressors of their fellow citizens. But even in that time of oppression, God ordained the powers to be a punishment to evildoers.
Maybe the officers were just being bullies with a ticket book. The driving offences were not endangering anyone it appears. That type dismissing of the tickets would have just been a visceral reaction conclusion.
Just like in the Old Testament where God would use evil nations to punish Israel, the fact that the oppressing nations were evil was not the point. This is one of the major themes in the Book of Habakkuk in the Old Testament. God intended for Israel to intellectually analyze their ways and become more aligned to being God’s spiritual people. It was a chastening.
In a time of misfortune or bad things happening the visceral reaction is usually the wrong reaction. The correct action is always to ask why is this happening … What am I supposed to learn from this.
The chastening of the man getting two tickets was for him, like Balaam, to intellectually think about what he was about to do. He became as a result a more spiritual person.
This type intellectual analysis is how the knowledge of the methodology of guardian angels can cause you to grow spiritually. We may not see an angel. We may not know that they infact had a part in this or that. However, just considering the event in light of knowing how guardian angels minister will be a key to open a path for spiritual growth.
A terrible thing happened. There was an unarmed black youth that was shot by a white officer. As I noticed the reaction of the riotous mob, I realized that they were not on a path to gain more spirituality. There was no consideration of why this happen or what the message of this incident was. It was just visceral railing against civil authority.
No lessons for them was learned. A group was formed out of the visceral reactionaries. Now, as time has passed, I have not noted more spiritual growth only more anger growth. Bitterness eats at their hearts and health.
Not all in black community did this. Some looked at the lesson, i.e., spiritual growth meaning of this reality of what had happened. They said it means, do not rob a store, do not resist arrest, do not try to grab the officer’s gun, do not when you physically outmatch the officer charge at him assumedly to do the officer great harm, etc. Basically be a good and peaceful person, and this bad thing will not happen to you. These community leaders were looking to a spiritual growth opportunity and not some visceral reaction.
Do not react; rather spiritually act in light of things that happen. This is a key to spiritual growth.
Analysis why things happen in light of trying to find out what the spiritual message is and then choose to act accordingly to the more spiritual path.
The unspiritual and those not involved in spiritual growth spend their time blaming someone or something else for what happens, the blame game. The spiritual one says what are you trying to tell me. They choose to exercise their freewill in blending with the lessons learned from the guardian angels. What is, is.
To be continued …