Be Watchful


The watchman’s job had a life or death kind of importance. He worked in a tower and peered through windows only large enough to shoot arrows, swords or cannon balls. In ancient times, it was the watchman’s duty to search the horizon for the first sight of an advancing enemy attack. Then they sounded the alarm so the army could prepare a defense. Since the watchmen had to be alert and ready all the time, they served for only three to four hours at a time.

I like to think of God as our Watchman. The good news is that He never sleeps or slumbers. He is always ready and available in times of trouble. We don’t have to ring a loud bell or sound an alarm. God hears the cries of our hearts and has the power to rescue us from our despair. We need only to ask. James says, “You do not have because you do not ask God” (James 4:2). God’s arms are not too short to reach us when we ask for His help. His power is strong enough to deliver us or partner with us in our struggle.


Did you know you are a watchman? God places Christians to be on watch for themselves, their families and friends. It is imperative that we pray to be attentive–for eyes that see crisis and need as they arise. It’s important to stay in God’s word so when someone you know needs help, inspiration or encouragement, you can offer help or share encouragement from Scripture. If you are not alert, however, a family member or friend might struggle without your help or God’s mercy.


Holy Lord, empower us with your presence and your word to be watchful and ready to help others in their time of need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.