“Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.”
In the verse above, God promised Israel that He would “send an Angel before” them. In the Scriptures, the angel has always been the man of God. This is made clear in Revelation 1:20 where it says, “…The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches…” These angels of the churches were the pastors of those churches. In other words, when God promised to send an “Angel” before Israel, He was telling them that Moses was His “Angel.”
When you understand the meaning of the word “angel,” you will know that it simply means a messenger. So, when God is talking about sending His angel before Israel, He is saying that He is sending His messenger before Israel, which was Moses. God still has an angel for you to follow, and that angel is your pastor. Your pastor is your man of God, and God promises that your pastor can help you become what He wants you to be in your life.
There are two things your pastor can do for you if you are humble enough to follow him. The first thing your pastor will do for you is that he will guard your way. The verse above talks about God sending His angel to “…keep thee in the way…” There are many times your pastor will preach sermons that are a little tough to take, but the reason he does this is because he is trying to guard you in the way. To rebel against your pastor’s preaching is to open yourself up to the enemies’ onslaught. You would be very wise to follow your pastor’s advice in his preaching because it is given to guard you from danger.
The second thing your pastor will do for you is that he will lead you to God’s will for your life. In the verse above, this angel was to bring Israel “…into the place which I have prepared.” That place God prepared was the will of God for Israel. You would be wise to trust your pastor when he asks you to do something in the church because his guidance if followed, will lead you to finding God’s will for your life.
However, God warns you about the treatment of your angel or pastor. God says in verse 21, “Beware of him…” In other words, God is warning you not to treat him with disrespect. God protects the man of God. We live in times when the respect of the man of God is gone, and it is not because some men of God have fallen in sin, but it is because of rebels who don’t want anyone to lead them because they want to be their own god. Be careful to treat your preacher with respect.
Moreover, God wants you to obey and follow your pastor. I know the Pharisees say you shouldn’t follow a man, but God clearly said to Israel that they were to obey and follow Moses. Why would God change His principle today? The fact is, He hasn’t. God still wants you to obey and follow your pastor because he is there to help you in your walk with Christ.
My friend, there is much safety and blessings that come from obeying God’s command to follow your angel. God promises the individual to fight against their enemies, go before them in the way, and help them experience great victory in their life if they will be humble enough to follow their man of God. Do you want to have great victories in your Christian walk? If you do, you would be wise to follow your pastor’s preaching and leading in your life because God’s promise for victory is guaranteed if you will do so.