“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13
I was half awake when I dragged myself out of bed and staggered into the bathroom. I needed to get ready to leave the house. I reached for the toothpaste in the medicine cabinet, squeezed a gob on my toothbrush, put the tube back, and began brushing as usual.
Except there was nothing usual at all about the greasy, obnoxious taste of whatever it was that I was now quickly trying to spit out of my mouth. What is this stuff!?
After repeated and unsuccessful attempts at rinsing it out, I finally opened the medicine cabinet and grabbed the tube. Preparation H!? . . . UGH!! . . . GROSS!!
Sure, I can laugh about it now in hindsight. If anything, it taught me the importance of being attentive at all times. And while I didn’t suffer any serious harm or injury; there are occasions when not being vigilant can prove to be dangerous or life threatening.
The Bible admonishes us to be on guard, watchful, sober, alert, and vigilant. Most of the reasons are for our own protection. Others are regarding the coming of the Lord. Consider the following scriptures:
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41
“Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them.” Luke 21:8
“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. Matthew 24:42
“Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’” Luke 12:15
Be watchful at all times. Do not be caught unaware!
PRAYER: Lord, you love us so much that you warn us for our own good – for our safety and well-being. Thank you! Amen.