Watchmen; February 13, 2021

Isaiah 62:6-7 “I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
they will never be silent day or night.
You who call on the Lord,
give yourselves no rest,
and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem
and makes her the praise of the earth.

Various groups today call themselves “watchmen,” sometimes including “on the walls,” specifically from this passage. There are indeed those who have a calling to continuous prayer, and it is a high calling indeed. The state of America today could be directly connected to the failure of those who were so called to fulfill their commission. Too many Christians have been asleep, and the enemy has infiltrated not only the nation but the Church itself. When even churches won’t stand for Biblical standards of morality, we are in deep trouble. The thing is, there have been people all along who have tried to sound the alarm, but they have been dismissed as “fanatics” or “prudes” and not listened to. The mantra of the enemy has been “tolerance,” and finally, it looks like a sizable number of people aren’t going to tolerate it any more. Of course, those who are waking up are being called all sorts of names, but then, so was Jesus! We need to take seriously God’s call to prayer and His call to action. Truth be told, the enemy is terrified of bold believers, because he knows we have the power of Almighty God on our side. The current situation is a mess indeed, but if sufficient numbers of God’s children wake up and start listening to their Father, this will turn out to have been a very good thing in the long run. We are not to be violent, but we are never to be pushovers, We are indeed not to be silent, but speak the truth in love, even when people label the truth as “hate.”

I find I am very careful with my words, even with relatives. It is deeply saddening to see how people I care about have swallowed the enemy’s lies, hook, line and sinker. I am not to be needlessly confrontational, but I must not run from confrontation either. My major focus is to be in prayer, and my words to others are to be an outgrowth of that. I have people that have followed my blog, that, when I take a look at their pages, seem to be in fairly direct opposition to the Biblical principles I espouse. I have no idea why they followed me, but I can pray that somehow God’s words through me would draw them out of the camp of the enemy, setting them free just as Jesus said. (John 8:32) In the process, I must be careful that I myself am not deceived by the enemy, but walk in the love and holiness of Christ Himself. A watchman should do no less.

Father, thank You for this powerful reminder. Help me be faithful on every level, not in my own strength, because I have none, but in Yours. May I consistently call people to light and life, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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