“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“Be on the Alert”
(Please read 1 Corinthians 16:13-14)
Some of us who have served in the army remember that one of its General Orders went something like this: “To walk my post in a military manner, observing all things taking place within sight or hearing.” That’s a pretty tall order, but it’s based on absolute necessity. Ambush is one of the oldest military strategies, and many a battle has been lost because the losers failed to stay alert.
The same principle is true in spiritual warfare; if we are to have any hope of winning against Satan, we must be ever watchful against his ploys. On the night before his death, Jesus warned his disciples: “Keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41, NASB). That warning is as needful today as it was then.
Alertness not only benefits us in a protective way, but it also helps us discover opportunities for doing good. For example, by paying attention you may notice when a fellow employee or fellow Christian is in need of encouragement, or even material aid of some kind, that you can give.
Today is a good time to thank the Lord for reminding us to be alert, and ask his help in seeing and seizing some opportunities to do good for others in his name.