“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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Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
Be Ready Always...
to give a reason for the Hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15). When you can’t share the gospel with your words, share it by leaving tracts that tell people about God's grace.
When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, even a small tract can help in turning a broken sinner from darkness to light.
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