Word of the Month

Watch and Pray!

November 1997

We live life as it comes, battling with the problems we encounter each day. Each of us is a citizen of a country, and has corresponding duties and tasks to perform. No-one these days goes through life in complete seclusion. Many have to get results at work, and the utmost is demanded of them; and it all requires considerable effort and know-how.

But this must not lead to us forgetting our eternal destiny in all the hustle and bustle of our lives, and allow ourselves to be diverted from the goal of our faith.

There is greater danger today of becoming tired in one's faith and falling asleep. We should not underestimate the danger but take to heart the exhortation of the Son of God: "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation". (Matthew 26:41) It is interesting to note that Jesus' disciples were not at all tired or fell asleep when there were signs of danger from outside. When the storm rose on the lake and they were worried their ship might sink, they could not understand how their master could sleep amid the raging forces of nature.

When in the Garden of Gethsemane the Lord Jesus was praying fervently to his Father, the situation was just the other way round. On his return, he found the disciples sleeping. As their master was experiencing the greatest anguish, they didn't realize what it was about, that decisions of eternal consequence were being taken. Even the admonishing words of the Lord: "What, could ye not watch with me one hour?" were not enough to banish their tiredness.

Do we not occasionally experience the same thing? When earthly matters are at stake, all tiredness dwindles, and we are wide awake. When a threat from outside appears, we don't delay asking the Lord for help. But when a decision has to made concerning our faith, then the danger of falling asleep is great. And that is why it is necessary, when we are at the altar of the Lord, to realize again and again just how important it is to stay awake. Let us keep the word of God: it has force and power, it can change worlds, mould hearts, bend iron, and make stones speak. But above all it keeps awake the longing for the return of Jesus and strengthens us on the way to our goal.

Most sincerely,<br/>

Richard Fehr


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