Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 11, 2018

“Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.” – “So teach us to number our days” – “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark chapter 13.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+13&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

Take heed, keep on the alert;  for you do not know when the appointed time will come.  It is like a man away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge, assigning to each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert.  Therefore, be on the alert—for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep.  What I say to you I say to all, ‘Be on the alert!’”  Mark 13:33-36.

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In Mark Chapter 13, some of the prophecy was fulfilled by 70 A.D. (destruction of Jerusalem), and some of the prophecy has not yet been fulfilled but will be fulfilled on the return of Christ and the gathering of the elect.  The purpose of this devotion is not to separate the verses and assign them to one of these two categories.

Rather, the purpose of this devotion is to focus on the common advice in verses 33-36 quoted above.

Even if we are not among the mockers who mock the coming day of the Lord in 2 Peter 3:3-9, there is still the danger that we could be complacent or lazy.

And, even if the Lord does not return in our lifetime, we do not know the day of our death when we will meet the Lord.

“Take heed, keep on the alert;  for you do not know when the appointed time will come.”  Verse 33.

“10 As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years,
Or if due to strength, eighty years,
Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow;
For soon it is gone and we fly away.
11 Who understands the power of Your anger
And Your fury, according to the fear that is due You?
12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”  Psalm 90:10-12.

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.  So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;  always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;  and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.”  Ephesians 5:15-21.


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