Watch And Wait
“So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.”
Matthew 25:13 (NLT)
I can’t see any birds in the trees at the bottom of the garden but I’m going to put out the bird food anyway. If the birds don’t want it then I’m sure the fox will clear it up later. I’ve only been back indoors a couple of minutes and the Magpies have already swooped down onto the food. Where did they come from? How did they know that I’d put food out for them? Are they always watching and waiting, hoping that I’ll return with more food? I suppose I’m like a saviour to them, helping to prevent starvation during the cold winter months.
My Bible tells me that my Saviour, Jesus Christ, is going to return one day. I believe that, but I don’t know when it will happen. In Matthew 24:30 Jesus tells his disciples, “And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” Then in Matthew 24:36 Jesus says, “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.” Jesus doesn’t want the disciples to be caught unawares so he encourages them in Matthew 24:42, “So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.”
In Mark 13:34-37 Jesus tells his disciples, “The coming of the Son of Man can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. When he left home, he gave each of his slaves instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return. You, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know when the master of the household will return—in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak. Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for him!”
The birds in the garden are watching and waiting ready to enjoy their reward of another meal. Jesus asks us to watch and wait. It isn’t a time of idleness. We’re given work to do. In Revelation 22:7 Jesus says, “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book.” In Verse 12 Jesus says, “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds.”
Merciful Father, please give us the patience to watch and wait. Please guide us in the work you want us to do for the benefit of others while we wait. In Jesus’ name.
Study by Diana Hall
Worldwide Church of God Southampton
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