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Watchmen on the Wall

“When I say to a wicked man, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.” – Ezekiel 3:18

In Isaiah’s time, watchmen were posted on the city walls or on the hilltops near the city. Their purpose was to stay awake, stay alert, and warn the people of danger. In Isaiah 21:11, we read of a man approaching a watchman and inquiring about the current state of things, “Watchman,” he asks, “what of the night?” And the watchman gives him an answer.

As Christians, this may happen to us. In 1 Peter 3:15, the apostle Peter said, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you” (KJV). If you are walking in fellowship with Christ each day, you’ll find people coming to you wanting to know why you can cope with things that are dragging them down.

A watchman had another responsibility. If a watchman spotted an enemy approaching, he didn’t sit on the wall drinking coffee and waiting for someone to walk up and ask what was happening. It was the watchman’s responsibility to sound the alarm.

Today, most people seem content to go through life engrossed in the affairs of this world. Even though their eternal welfare is hanging in the balance, most of them will not take the initiative to seek spir-itual things. So, it is our job to warn them about their separation from God and the judgment to come, and to give them the good news of salvation.

When the question comes to us, “Watchman, what of the night?” let’s be awake, alert, and ready to sound the warning to lead the way to safety.


Lord, keep me alert to the needs of others so that I can point them to You. Amen.

To Ponder

If I look for opportunities to help people, I will be a witness to them.

(The Navigators)