No Man Knows When His Hour Will Come

Daily God Walk for Sunday, October 18, 2009

 No man knows when his hour will come. As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them.     – Ecclesiastes 9:12

 There are warnings in the Scripture to constantly be alert because we don’t know when evil will approach us. Jesus warned, “If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into” (Matthew 24:43).

Peter warns, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). The message is clear; we don’t know what danger awaits us so we are to be prepared for the attacks of our enemy at all times.

I don’t know who coined the phrase, “To be forewarned is to be forearmed,” but that is wisdom we should all take to heart. We must be mentally and emotionally prepared for the inevitable time when evil will overtake us and we will be at a point of danger.

One of the interesting phenomena of our time is the scam artists who are constantly finding new victims. We are warned time and again to be careful of people who make you an unbelievable offer. If it is unbelievable it probably shouldn’t be believed. Yet, you hear about people all the time who are duped into taking advantage of an unbelievable offer.

We can’t prevent evil from coming our way, but we can prevent being caught in an evil device unnecessarily. Being prepared to resist evil is part physical, part emotional and part spiritual. If we are prepared spiritually to resist evil then we will be prepared emotionally and take the physical precautions that we should.

The verse following the one in 1 Peter instructs believers to “Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering” (v9).

 Principle: Be prepared so that when you face evil you will be victorious.

 Affirmation: I prepare myself spiritually and emotionally to defeat evil.

 Prayer: Lord, I see evil and calamities all around. I ask for your protection and your strength to resist the evil one. In Jesus name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 50 – Ezekiel 33-34 – Proverbs 18

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