A Rude Awakening

“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

warningI 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.


8 thoughts on “A Rude Awakening

  1. We don’t know when the Lord will return. It is simply a FACT that He will return. Everything that we think do and say should keep that in mind! If we are watching a TV program that is questionable or visiting one of “those” websites or thinking impure or evil thoughts; we need to ask ourselves, “Do I want to be doing this if the Lord should return at this very moment?” That puts many things in perspective!


      • Sometimes it bothers me that some good and faithful Christians seem to see the promises of the Bible as a “happily ever after” fairy tale ending that is nice to read but is as unreal as Cinderella. It is important that we understand, deep inside, that every prophecy and every promise given by God will occur. It will all happen! Maranatha, “Come quickly, Lord!”


  2. this devotion is so good and such a good down to earth example that everyone of us can stop and say , that applies to us. we all need to stay alert and say everyday,”This could be the Very day that Jesus returns to take us Home!!! and to be alert when the devil comes to us or against us with petty little things to make us mad or aggravate us. we need to remind ourselves ,”its not worth it, not to lose our salvation over.”


    • Thank you, Keisha. How I long for the coming of our Lord! In the meantime, I stand righteous before God through Christ and continue to depend on the help of the Holy Spirit to walk in a way that is pleasing and honoring to my Lord and Savior.


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