King David said in Psalm 39:1 “I said I will take heed” which means pay attention. He was saying I will watch my ways: “So that I will not sin with my tongue”.
Why would we need to Watch Our Ways in Life? The book of Proverbs 4:23-27 tells why.
23) Keep your heart (guard and watch it with all diligence) because out of it flows the issues of life.
24) Put away from you a forward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25) Let your eyes look straight ahead.
26) Ponder or consider carefully the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.
27) Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove your foot from evil.
We need to watch where we are going in life so we do not drift off the path of our Heavenly Fathers Perfect Will for our life! When we pay attention we can avoid the evil snares that this world has in many different forms waiting for us. Many examples have been written about in biblical History of those who were not paying attention and as a result they fell into the bondage of sin. Even the tiniest sin will always destroy all that is pure and good. These examples were written as a warning so that we do not fall into the same trap as Eve, Ahab, Sampson, Solomon, and many others. Common sense tells us that it pays to be watching and paying attention to everything we do in living our daily lives! We should be alert and watchful: when driving a car, crossing the street, on the job, in our marriage, family and all other relationships and perhaps the most important area to watch is that of our Spiritual Walk and Relationship with God the Father and His Son!
Watch is defined as the act of giving your attention to someone or something, the act of keeping awake, to guard or protect a state of alert, continuous attention. To be alertly on the lookout: close observation.
Brethren: are you Watching diligently, Your time in the bible, Your prayer life, Your attitude, Your words, Your thoughts; How you show Love and treat others, just to name a few. Believers are told in Luke 21: 36 to Watch and Pray always. In Mark 13: 35-37 Jesus tells us why it is so important to be Sober and Vigilant as we watch our Spiritual lives everyday!
35) Watch you therefore: for you do not know when the master of the house will return: at even, or at midnight, or at the cock crowing or in the morning.
36) Lest suddenly he comes and finds you sleeping.
37) and what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch!
Are you watching? The cares of this life can distract us and at times overwhelm us if we are not focused and diligent in our daily pursuit of our Heavenly Father! Watch to make sure you are actively showing Love for God and your neighbor every day! Jesus himself further summed up our purpose when he was asked by a lawyer, “Which is the greatest commandment in the law?” And Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with your entire mind. This is the great and foremost commandment and a second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend the whole law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40 Jesus got to the bottom line of what life is all about. We are first to love God with all our heart – and then our neighbor as our self. These relationships should be at the top of our watch list daily.
Our love for God will be manifested in our devotion and obedience to Him. (John 14:23 “If you love me keep my commandments.”) That devotion must include prioritizing our daily schedule so we seek Him first! Yes, we absolutely must study, pray, meditate upon God’s Word on a regular basis or we are not showing love toward God. Also, this devotion we have towards God will (if it is real) find its outward expression in loving one another. The love we show our neighbor validates whether our devotion to God is genuine. I John 4:20-21 tells us: “For anyone who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God, whom he has not seen.” And He has given us the command: “Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” Remember love is displayed in our words and actions. Is there anyone we do not love? If there is, are we not then saying to God, I do not love you enough to love that person?
We must be willing to do those things that love dictates (contained in I Corinthians 13) in every one of our relationships and encounters in life. Romans 13:10 commands us that we must do no harm to our neighbor. We must meet our neighbor’s needs and forgive our neighbor’s wrongs against us. We must put his interests before our own and we must reach out and embrace our brother in Christ. All of this is only possible as we, through faith, depend on the Holy Spirit, who works in us to will and to act according to his good purpose. Are there any people in your life you do not show love to in word, thought or action? God requires that we change immediately, if there are.
Where does your friendship and relationship stand with our Heavenly Father? What words would He use to describe your walk with Him? Close intimate friend, or casual acquaintance? The answer to these questions will always be revealed in your daily use of the time God has given you! Are you devoted to Prayer, Praise, Study, and Meditation upon His Holy Word? You must be committed in this fashion to truly be called a friend of God. You must have a daily time with Him alone. Just you, devoted to Him. That is how you get to know your Heavenly Father. Nothing can take the place of your own personal daily communication with God through His Word and prayer.
Brethren: we must put our own eyes in daily contact with the Scriptures! It is during these times of personal reading, study and meditation that we receive the encouragement, instruction and strength to meet each day’s challenges. By saturating our lives with God’s Word on a daily basis we will receive the supernatural strength and peace that only His living and powerful words can give us! We can’t depend on others for our nourishment. Personal growth in intimacy with our Heavenly Father can only come when you let the Holy Spirit make the scriptures come alive for you personally on a regular daily basis. It is not good enough to rely on what you did last month, last year or five years ago. Our Heavenly Father is looking for hearts that are devoted to Him daily. God expects an attitude of diligence, zeal, devotion and dedication. We are not expected to be perfect, but we certainly are expected to show passion, desire, and effort as we seek God with all of our Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind!
Be a man or woman after the Fathers own heart and follow the example of King David in Psalm 63:1;8. He would watch each morning to make sure he was feeding his soul and drawing close to his Heavenly Father.
1) “O God, thou art my God: early will I seek thee: my soul thirsts for thee, my flesh longs for thee in a dry and thirsty land where no water is:
8) My soul follows hard after thee: thy right hand upholds me”.