Today’s Scripture: Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. Mark 14:38

Since 1948, through extreme heat, extreme cold, driving rain, high winds, blizzards, hurricanes, even during Superstorm Sandy, the soldiers of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Brigade have kept watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Part of the “Sentinel’s Creed” states, “Through the years of diligence and praise and the discomfort of the elements, I will walk my tour in humble reverence to the best of my ability.”

Because of their dedication, things like the weather or the elements do not bother them. In fact, these dedicated soldiers consider it an honor to “walk the mat”. They never allow any feelings of cold or heat to be seen. It is a beautiful picture of standing watch and being true to their calling.

This is the same thing that the Apostle Paul was trying to get the Corinthian Christians to do – be watchful. They were, in fact, quite the opposite. Instead of being watchful, they were constantly distracted by the petty cares of this life.

On the night He was betrayed, Jesus told His disciples to watch and pray. That same encouragement applies to us today. We need to be watchful for the temptations and snares of the devil (1 Peter 5:8). The devil does not want what is best for us – he wants to destroy our lives so that we will not be fruitful for the Lord. We are to also be watchful for false prophets and false teachings (2 Peter 2:1). Do not fall for things outside of Scripture like blood moons and Bible codes.

Finally, the most important thing that we need to be watching for is the return of our Lord (2 Timothy 4:8). Even though it has been over two thousand years since He said He would return, all that means is that His return is closer today than it ever was. Jesus said He would return – we can rely on that promise.

Christian, are you watchful? Are you on guard against sin creeping into your life? Are you watching with excitement and anticipation for the Lord’s soon return? If not, then today make that decision to stand guard.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.