Do you remember as a child when you thought someone was after you and you’d pull the covers over your head? The thought was that if you couldn’t see them coming, that some how they wouldn’t get you. I know they always found me anyways.
Sadly today, many Christians take that same approach. I know I, myself, have been guilty of this in times past. This thought process believes that if we refrain from giving our attention to the things around us, then those things won’t affect us. The other thing we can be guilty of is choosing to be “asleep”; refusing to acknowledge the warning signs that are popping up around us. The thought process is basically the same, if we don’t acknowledge it, then it won’t come near us. Sadly, hiding or trying to sleep through something doesn’t stop it from coming; it only allows us to be blindsided when it finally reaches us.
I often think of the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane. Just as our Father knows the things that are ahead of us today, Jesus knew what was ahead of Him and His disciples. He told them to watch and pray.
40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
If you pay close attention to the words that Jesus spoke to them, Jesus wasn’t asking them to watch for His sake, but for their own. Yeshua remained in a place of constant communication with the Father so that He was prepared for what was ahead of Him. Yeshua wanted His disciples to watch and pray so that they too would be prepared. If you continue to read, then you’ll see that by the time the disciples woke up, the danger had already arrived. There is a real lesson to be learned in that.
There are many other scriptures in which Yeshua warned His disciples to watch and pray. These are the same instructions we too should be following today. We can’t ignore the signs of the times in these last days, nor should we be in fear of them. Our Father promises to never leave nor forsake us, and we simply need to be watching and praying so that we can hear Holy Spirit concerning everything. Our Father’s will is not for us to be ignorant, unprepared, and caught off guard. The question is, will we take heed to those instructions? Or will we find ourselves like the disciples who awoke to danger in progress? Will we continue to hide as children, or will we watch, pray, and wholly trust in the sovereignty of our Lord, our King, Jesus?