THE HAPPY WATCHER
Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. Rev 16:15 (KJV).
If we knew a thier was going to come to our home to break in, and steal from us we would make every effort to spoil that thief’s plans. We would be ready for him/her. I have seen some signs on country store fronts which read, “This store is guarded by angry man with a double barrel, twelve gauge shotgun, three nights per week – you guess which nights”. With that kind of statement theelement of surprise is given to the store owner, and taken frim the thier who if he has any sense will not break in.
The coming of our Lord Jesus in the clouds is likened to a thief, but only by surprise. It will be as a thief in that something will be snatched away – His prized possession purchased with His own blood – the Church. It will be no surprise to those who are watching in expectancy for the Lord’s return. It will only be a surprise to those who are unprepared. “THE HAPPY WATCHER” is the one who is prepared.
There are four things we need to see and realize about THE HAPPY WATCHER;
First of all, they TAKE GOD’S WORDS SERIOUSLY.
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Matthew 24:42-44 (KJV).
Taking God’s words seriously means we will LIVE BY HIS WORD, SO AS NOT TO BE SURPRISED, AND CAUGHT UNPREPARED. Jesus said He would come again. In First Thessalonians 5:4 Paul wrote, “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.”. It is a shame that in the day we live in a large percentage of people who call themselves “Christian” are Biblically illiterate. Can you imagine the number of people who think that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife, and that amounted to 12 percent of people surveyed. Eighty two percent of Americans believe that, “God helps those who help themselves”, is a verse in the Bible, and those who called themselves “Christian” were only one percent better. How are people going to be prepared to meet God when they do not even know His Word. Pastor’s get back to preaching the Word and the gospel. People are perishing with your topical “How Tos”
The word of God is not to be joked about, but IT IS DELIGHTED IN BY THOSE WHO KNOW THE ONE WHO IS COMING AGAIN. Read Psalm 1, “…His delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law does he meditate day and night”. The righteous DELIGHT in God’s Word.
Secondly, THE HAPPY WATCHER GUARDS AGAINST THAT WHICH IS PERILOUS.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. Romans 13:12-14 (KJV).
The one who watches for the coming of Christ will have no part in the works of darkness and evil. The only part we are commanded to have is to expose evil, and to overcome evil with good. We are to be clothed, and armored with the light of Jesus. Put on the whole armor of God, that we may be able to stand. Always doing things that are honest, godly and good. We give only room for Jesus Christ. When “we put on Christ”, that means we will put off worldliness, and sin. How can two walk together, except they agree.
Thirdly, THE HAPPY WATCHER HOLDS ON TO THAT WHICH IS PRECIOUS.
This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; 19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: 1 Timothy 1:18-19 (KJV).
When we hold on to that which is precious THE HOLY SPIRIT IS HEARD AND OBEYED. He is not grieved, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:” Eph. 4:30-31 (KJV). Neither is He quenched; “Quench not the Spirit.” 1 Thess 5:19 (KJV). When the fire of the Spirit of God is burning we should be very careful to obey and keep adding fuel, not seeking ways to put it out. The fruit of the Spirit will be seen in the Christian’s life; “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” Gal 5:22-26 (KJV).
Our salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ is rejoiced in, every moment of our lives, daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, all through life, and not seen as trivial. It is appreciated daily. The security we have in this salvation is not a license to sin, but a license – freedom to practice holiness and righteousness (Rom. 6:18).
Faith in God, His Son, and His Word will increase as we apply the Word of God to our daily lives.
Finally, THE HAPPY WATCHER IS SPIRITUALLY PREPARED.
The spiritually prepared are clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Not depending on any of their own, “Not by works of righteousness, which we have done, but according to His mercy, He has saved us”. There is a longing in the heart of the one who is prepared for the coming of Jesus, that causes us to be alert [watching] and working until He comes . When we are faithful we will be unashamed at His coming, not by our own goodness, but by His sovereign grace. To those who are prepared for His coming He will appear as our Savior and Lord.
In conclusion I would ask, what is your present situation with the Lord? have you been clothed with the righteousness of Jesus Christ: Is He your Lord? If He is none of these you are not prepared for His return. Be saved today by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus for salvation.
Christian, are you holding as dear to you the precious gift of faith and His Spirit he has given you, or are you living solely for self forgetting about the needs of Christ and His Church? If you are living for self, you are not prepared either. You will be found naked and ashamed before Him at His coming. Repent of the wicked, evil desires of your heart and follow the ways of Jesus.