“Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back – whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn”.
Mk 13:35 NIV
The parable of the master who might return at some unknown time underlines the fact that we live with uncertainty. God planned it so. “This uncertainty of life is not a cause either for fear or inaction because of the insecurity of the future. It is a reason for accepting and realizing our complete dependence on God … The true Christian way is not to be terrorized into fear and not to be paralysed into inaction, by the uncertainty of the future, but to commit the future and all our plans into the hands of God, and always to remember that our plans may not be within the purpose of God” (W. Barclay, The Letter of James, p134).
We keep watch by being faithful, conscientious and true. “Owen Evans tells how, in 1780 in the State of New England, there was a widespread belief that the end of the wold was imminent. One day at about noon a great darkness descended. The House of Deputies was in session and many members, convinced that the fateful hour had come, left their seats in panic and made for the doors. Then the Speaker of the House rose and calmly said, ‘Gentlemen, either the Day of Judgment has arrived, or it has not. If it has not there is no cause for alarm. If it has arrived, then I for one desire to be found by the Lord faithfully doing my duty. Gentlemen let candles be lit and let us proceed with the business of the House’” (The Soldier’s Armoury, 1973, p24)
Lord, let me be ready for you – in love, devotion and loyalty.