November 6: Mark 13
32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”
Christ commands us to, Stay awake; which begs the question, why would we be sleeping? For the last two days we have been reading of the return of Christ; then, at the close of Mark 13, we read the paragraph recorded above. We can read the signs, and, indeed, the signs are appearing all around us. But as for the very day or hour that Christ will return, He says,
“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."
Christ is like that man who has gone on a long journey; we have access to Him through prayer, but we will not see His physical body until He returns again. In what state do we see God's people? Are they awake, or are they sleeping?
Sadly, it often seems that we, the people of God, are filling our lives with a mixture of Christianity and worldliness. More and more we see our desires turn to the things of the earth. It truly is a temptation that is hard to avoid, and a balance that is hard to achieve.
I would encourage the Christian with this thought. If you are going to lean one way or another, always lean on the side of over-zealousness for Christ. As Christians, we are given the duty to cast ourselves before Christ and serve Him completely right where He has placed us.
When I was in Kindergarten, "Mr. Sandman" would walk along and sprinkle our eyes with sand when it was time to take a nap. Pray that "Mr. Sandman" will not sprinkle your eyes with the sand of worldliness; pray, instead, that by God's grace you will stay awake until the very day or hour in which Christ returns.
Lord, hasten the day!
God Bless You,
All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.