“Keep Watch”


“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required…” Luke 2:48.

As leaders at work and in our homes, this verse can be scary.  On this topic, the other night in the wee morning hours the words “Keep watch” came to me.  They literally woke me up.  Because I had recently had a talk about finances with my husband, I wondered if God was trying to share with me to “keep watch” and be diligent about those.  After sitting with it a bit and doing some research of my own in my worn King James version, I realized that to “keep watch” means more than the obvious U.S. English connotation of “be on the look out.”  To “keep watch” first of all, implies that you are imbued and empowered with ready knowledge of something and are therefore able to identify what it is that will go awry…WHEN it goes awry.  So the assumption is we know what we are looking for and that we will intrinsically (in our gut) or extrinsically (a physical disturbance) recognize a sign of impending doom when it occurs.  That’s a lot of pressure!  There are plenty of examples in the old testament of “keep watch” in 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles 1 and 2 Samuel, Psalms, Nahum, etc.  These examples included watching as guards in a tower would watch over and protect during war.  “He that dasheth in pieces is come up before they face: keep the munition, watch the way, make they loins strong, fortify they power mightly.” Nahum 2:1. This kind of watch is present tense and active.  In fact, in Hebrew, the word watch is often mishmereth or as king David referred to it, shamar, meaning  to observe, preserve or safeguard what is already under your charge.  It’s a call to act now and to be ready at any instance.  As I moved to the new testament search of “watch.” The word “watch” in Greek  is gregoreuo and comes from the word egeiro, the idea of “collecting one’s faculties” (as if they had gone astray or unfocused).  “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation. The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” Matt 26:41 and “Watch ye, standfast in the faith, quit you like men [act like mature men], be strong [courageous].” 1 Corinthians 16:13. Egeiro also means to rouse, waken from sitting or lying, wake from obscurity or inactivity.  Said another way, raise up or rear up again; stand; and take up.  I started to get excited about this!  What does this mean to me and how can I apply it to my decision-making today?

Point Taken (PT) – God tells us we know what we are in charge of and what we are not.  God has placed us in the situations we are in today because he trusts us.  He has given us the family, the work responsibilities, the employees, the relationships, the duties, finances, etc. we have and placed us in charge of them.  We are to be present and active as His hands and feet; as sentries who safeguard and protect over what belongs to us and ultimately to Him.

God has provided all the knowledge and experience that we need to do the job successfully.  He knows what we are capable of, our strengths and weaknesses.  In fact, He knew them before we were even born.  We cannot fail if we trust Him.  He is our CEO, our creator, our source.  He has a plan and He is in charge. He expects us to be successful.  The only thing that gets in the way of that success is “self.” He gave us the job as watchmen over what is His for a reason.

Remember who you are in Him and do not bow down to attacks brought against you to steal what God has placed under your charge.  If we shy away from it because we fear failure or believe that we don’t have the skill sets or experience to succeed, He will look to the next person to carry out His purpose. Fear is not from God. Fear is from the enemy. It’s important to remember who you are in Christ at work as well as at home.

“Keep watch” maybe not as simple as it sounds, huh?  We are blessed with so much, and so much is put under our charge.  John 10:10 says that we are under constant attack to destroy and take away what brings us and God joy. But we can take heart that we have Christ on our side. He has the power and the wherewithal to change our situations at work and at home. It is our duty to keep watch over all, pray, and be diligent in His word.

“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required…” Luke 2:48.


6 thoughts on ““Keep Watch”

  1. Thank you for this thoughtful reminder, Lori. It is very easy to forget that I am but God’s servant in the daily things with which I’m charged. Somedays this seems like a difficult burden, but He is always there with me, cheering me on and giving me strength.

  2. Interesting post. Looking forward to others. For people who like to have complete control it’s good to realize we aren’t.

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