“Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.” Matthew 24:42
To watch is the wise exercise of a real Christian who is:
- sensible of his own weakness,
- loves his Savior,
- fears to grieve his Spirit;
- is well acquainted with the depth of corruption in his fallen nature;
- is well apprised of the invisible powers of darkness, and
- hearkens to the voice of his kind and adorable Shepherd.
This watchfulness discovers awakened attention to our spiritual concerns, has the love of Christ for its motive, and is accompanied with a constant dependence on Christ for protection from dangers and for strength against all enemies, together with supplies of grace in every time of need.
If our religion be only in outward profession, it may pass without watching. But if it be true grace in the heart from Jesus Christ, that sacred treasure will need to be guarded with the most anxious circumspection. The exhortation is to all God’s children, necessary in every condition, in every stage of a Christian’s life: in youth, manhood, in old age; in prosperity and in adversity; in the seasons of consolation and in times of temptation; in company and when alone.
O blessed Jesus, help me to watch and pray; let me be always ready; keep me in Your love and preserve me by Your power, till my change shall come.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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