Monday, April 15, 2013
DAY 46: Watch!
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,[e] but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.” - Matthew 24:36-42
Jesus, continuing His discussion on the end times tells His disciples to “watch therefore”. Now an excellent rule of thumb when studying the Bible is “Whenever you see a therefore, go BACK and see what it’s therefore!” So why is Jesus telling us to watch? And what are we watching for??
Jesus is telling us to watch for His appearing and we are told to watch so that we will be PREPARED for His coming! The Lord had JUST finished telling His disciples about a day when:
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” - Matthew 24:35
Bottom line: things are going to change DRASTICALLY and we are being called to understand that we are living in the end times and the Lord is coming SOON!
In fact, we are told that the last days will be just like the days of Noah, people will be doing what they have always done and then, BOOM! The Lord will come back at a time of His own choosing! So many Christians have been lulled into a kind of spiritual slumber and lethargy, but we must rouse ourselves and WATCH!
Today, take 15 minutes and ask the Holy Spirit to show YOU what you can do to watch for the Day of the Lord. What can you do to prepare yourself for his appearing?? How can you stay free from this spiritual slumber and lethargy?? For some this is would look like prayer and/or fasting. There are even some Christian groups that keep the NIGHT Watch, staying up ALL NIGHT to pray and seek the Lord.
What you do is between you and the Holy Spirit, but DO something! WATCH!