A reminder for today
When the watchman sees the enemy coming, he sounds the alarm to warn the people. (Ezekiel 33:3)
In the ancient world of agrarian societies, large watchtowers were placed overlooking the fields. There, in the weeks the crops were ripening toward harvest, men would stand watch, guarding the fields from animals or from thieves who would make off with the crops. With the community’s basic food stores at stake, the watchman’s role was critical to the townspeople.
We also find several references in Scripture to a watcher mounting the city walls in times of stress to survey the scene outside the fortifications. He was situated on a spot from which he could monitor the approaches to the town. If a threat appeared, he would sound a warning and the town would shut its gates and prepare for battle.
You can also imagine the watcher standing vigil at other times, observing the daily life of the city. He could see much of the activity in the streets and markets. He knew the people, their work, their habits and their lifestyles. If his position was near the city gate, he could also observe the business of the city transacted by its officials (see Ruth 4:1-12).
No wonder God uses this role to illustrate the job of the prophets He sent to comment on society’s behaviour, as well as to deliver messages of warning and instruction.
The role of a watchman is not limited to speaking only about the sins and problems of the society. The watchman was also charged with proclaiming good news about salvation.
I remind you, my friend, that you are a watchman for God and that you should proclaim the good news and let the world see Jesus. We must never give up the fight for those that are lost and we must never allow the enemy to dampen our spirits and push us away from our mission. The enemy wants us to fail, but God will make us succeed. Come with me today as we show Jesus to the world.
Lord, do not let the enemy bring us down and do not let the enemy steal our joy. Help us to stand firm on you and keep fighting against the evil of this world. In Jesus name.
Let every knee bow down and every voice declare that Jesus Christ is the Lord.
Have and awesome day dear friend of Jesus.