“So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me” (Ezekiel 33:7).
Drover pays careful attention to his surroundings. His twitching nose constantly samples and evaluates odors wafted on the breeze from near and far. His keen ears detect the faintest noises. Even when he sleeps, a part of him remains ever vigilant.
He meticulously gathers information. When the man arrives home from work, Drover performs a careful inspection of the vehicle, circling and sniffing, analyzing the scent as only a dog can. At other times he patrols the man’s property, snuffling here, poking there, investigating his path and marking his passage. He is quick to challenge any sight, smell, or sound that seems foreign or unfamiliar. Woe to the marauding coon, the raiding fox, or the prowling bobcat who wanders into Drover’s territory. Stealthy indeed must be the invader who would escape his notice. Though the scope of his surveillance is limited to his master’s property, Drover takes his job as watchdog seriously.
God has called us to be watchmen. Our sphere of vigilance encompasses our personal lives, our families, our friends, and our church brotherhoods. The Apostle Peter says the enemy against whom we guard walks about “as a roaring lion . . . seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). But for all his ferocity, our enemy also stealthily presents himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).
Alone, we are not adequate to guard ourselves against the enemy of our souls. We are surrounded by threats. We need strength and wisdom from God. We need the insight and support of fellow believers. Be alert to the marauding individualist, the raiding false teacher, and the prowling gossiper. Be aware that these and other wrong influences often come to us in the form of something attractive and beneficial. We have a charge to keep; may we guard it well.
When dangers hide on every side, and faith is tried;
Watch far and wide, clear open-eyed; in Christ abide.
From Paws on My Porch, by Gary Miller
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