Thursday, January 7, 2016

Be Alert

“Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.” –Mark 13:33

Lexi is always on alert. Sometimes when we’re walking she suddenly stops, ears pricked. She stands at attention, listening. I don’t see or hear or smell anything. After a minute Lexi relaxes, and we resume our walk. But she’s never unwary. We should be so alert when we walk with God. Jesus warns us that we don’t know when his word will be fulfilled. His discourse in Mark 13 could refer to his death and resurrection or to his second coming in glory. (Although Jesus says, “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory” [v. 26], it isn’t clear if he means the first or second time.) In either case we are urged to pay attention, to watch, to be on the lookout. We don’t want to miss it! Nor do we want to miss any of the moments when God’s word is fulfilled in our day-to-day lives. God is always at work: “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working” (John 5:17). If we’re on alert when we walk with God, we’ll see that the time is always at hand. His word is always being fulfilled.

Dear God, Keep me alert so that I witness your word being fulfilled. Amen

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