Watch, we are commanded that so many times! But the question that often comes up is, watch for what? I mean, we can’t just stare at empty space! Or just go around watching just anything. What we watch has an effect on our brain, what we hear leaves an imprint on our mind, and what we speak comes from our heart.
Jesus and the apostles all told us to watch. And I don’t think they were talking about just anything! I believe that Jesus told us to watch for several things. I will talk about a few of them here.
The first one is to watch against the adversary, the devil. To watch against his attacks and his temptation. To be sober and to stand guard against the foe is sometimes hard. The devil will make us drowsy so that we miss important truths presented to us. Sometimes he uses our friends or family members to get us to walk the fence. Other times it is our dearest “idol” that keeps us from being vigilant and not preparing ourselves for what is to come.
We must be careful and stand our guard, although I have to admit it is easier said then done. Which is why there is a second component in our watching. To memorize our Bible and to pray often, the Lord is able and willing to help us “watch” out. We do not have to do this alone, prayer is a powerful weapon, one in which we fail to use.
Another way we watch, is if we know of a certain temptation in our lives we need to surrender it to Jesus, pray about it, and then when the tempter comes, flee! Don’t just crawl, or even walk, the temptation could catch up with you, but you have to run as if your life depended on it; because let me tell you it does! Our salvation depends upon us giving up those things that are getting in the way of a relationship with Christ. The Lord will take the temptation away, 1 Corinthians 10:13 says – “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
The other watching that He wanted us to do, was to watch for His second coming, for “no man knows the day nor the hour, when the Son of man cometh.” We must prepare for the second coming of our Lord and watch the eastern sky. We must watch the signs of earth, which Jesus listed in the Bible. These signs are taking place all over the world in rapid succession. But people in the world, those who are still blind, or not watching, don’t think anything of. these signs. Sadly even people who claim to be Christians don’t even believe that Jesus’s coming is near, but read what the Bible has to say to those people.
2 Peter Chapter 3: 3 – 18
3 – Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 – And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5 – For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 – Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7 – But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 – But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 – The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
10 – But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 – Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 – Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13 – Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
14 – Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
15 – And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16 – As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17 – Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
18 – But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
Also Read: (Zephaniah 1:7-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)
We must watch, so we can be prepared for when He comes, whenever it may happen. Which I believe is going to happen very soon, what with all that is going on in the world today, this wickedness cannot last much longer. Read Matthew 24 and you will see what I am talking about. It also talks about how it would be in the days of Noah, well that day is now, with homosexuality, shootings, wars, violence, & the list goes on. How can we even want to stay in this dying planet anyway, when heaven will be free from all of that?
When you go on the Christian journey it is not the easiest pathway to walk. The way is narrow. Which is another very good reason to watch, so that we do not stray from the straight, or strict, pathway. Yes there will be tribulations and trials but the Lord is right there with us waiting for us to lean on Him to help us get through.
We must be willing to give up certain things of this world, even those things that we love. Christ gave up His own life for us, how can we not be willing to give up the world and the things that it has to offer. It is enchanted ground and we dare not linger, lest we be trapped within and cannot get out again. When you think about the world to come, it is a very small sacrifice indeed! Is it not worth the sacrifice? We cannot do this on our own, oh no we must come to Jesus and He shall save us from ALL our sins, and helps us to overcome EVERY temptation. Our body is not our own, so we must protect it, for if we ever want to be with Jesus we must prepare NOW.
To watch is not an easy task, but it is one of the most important things we can do, and should do! But let not your heart be troubled, Jesus will see us through, when our eyes are fixed on Him, and we are under the shadow of His wing, nothing and no one can harm us! But we must first be willing to let God have complete control of our lives.
I know that I haven’t done the best job that I should have and I still have to work on myself every single day, that is the beauty though we take one day at a time and let the Lord lead and guide we can make it through only by Jesus. We just have to remember to live every day as if it were our last because it may very well be. “If God be for us, who can be against us.” with God’s help I want to watch with my spiritual eyes. My eyes I want to have fixed above! I want to make it to the heavenly kingdom and meet Jesus at last, don’t you?
If our eyes are to busy focused on the things of here and now, we will never see the glories that are waiting us, but most importantly we won’t see our Savior the One who gave up everything just so that we might have life eternal. Won’t you join me watching?