After they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to look for the child to kill him.”
[Matt 2:13 NET]
We have a glimpse here of the closeness of Heaven’s watch over this imperiled Babe. A wicked king was plotting for the life of the child, and his earthly friends could not protect him. But in the hour of human weakness Heaven came quickly to shelter and save him. The destinies of the human race were in that Child’s life, and all God’s power would have been used to deliver him. It is a precious truth, too, that over every child Heaven keeps a like close and sure watch. A poet says: “Heaven lies about us in our infancy,” and it is very true of every child. Jesus himself said, speaking of the children, “Their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” This means that heaven’s strongest, holiest, and most favoured angels are set to guard children in this world.
Fathers and mothers should never forget that their children are very dear to God, and are under his unsleeping protection. This should give them great comfort and confidence, as their little ones go out into the midst of the world’s dangers. No human eye can be always upon them. No human hand can ward off the evils that lurk in every shadow. But there are unseen guardians that never leave them for a moment. Heaven is interested in the keeping of every tender child life in this world. Christian parents may commit their little ones to God with implicit confidence. If they are only faithful as parents, God will not disappoint their hopes.
Children also should know that they are being cared for by celestial guardians whom they cannot see. Angels may not appear to men in these days, but they are continually around us, encamping about our homes, and watching over us by day and by night. Though their bright faces are not seen by our dull eyes, their loving ministry never cease.