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Ezekiel 33:7: “So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shall hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.”
By definition, a watchman is someone, who has been authorised to guard or keep watch over a city. Such is expected to stay at his duty post, which is the gate of the city all the time. He is responsible for the safety of the city and therefore must always be on the look out for strangers.
As Christians, God has set us as watchmen and we all have gates which each of us is expected to man. Examples of such gates that are to be manned include the family gate, gate at the place of work, gates in our churches, gates of our neighbourhood, state, nation etc. Hence, it is our responsibility, first, to identify the gate(s) which God has commissioned us to man (watch), and then ensure that we man such gate(s).
As Christians, God has set us as watchmen and we all have gates which each of us is expected to man.
Watchmen, as we have in the bible were such that stay on the tower, and if at all they sight any stranger, they must as a matter of urgency blow the trumpet in order to warn the people of the danger ahead. The role of a watchman is that of a prophet and an intercessor.
This task therefore could be a lonely and a discouraging work as a watchman must not compare himself to any other inhabitant of the city who has the liberty to move about as he likes.
Relating this to what is obtainable nowadays, many watchmen (Christian Soldiers) who were meant to be at their duty post are down in the city, some chatting with friends because of loneliness, others are tired and gone to sleep, some have given up because their warnings are rejected. There is a need to ask ourselves under which category we fall.
Let us take some time to look at the qualities that must be found in a watchman as it is related to us as Christians:
- Alertness: A watchman must be able to see ahead of every other person, and also to hear the sound of strangers and hence blow the trumpet at the sight of a stranger. As Christians who have been called to man our gates, we must have our spiritual eyes sharp and active and our ears wide open such that nothing must catch us unawares or bye pass us.
- Proper positioning: the position of a watchman is on the tower of a walled city, which gives him an edge over every other person. We need to also ensure that we remain high spiritually so as to set our selves above the people we are to watch.
- Perseverance: a watchman must be able to persevere at his duty post, even when he has waited for long and yet to sight any stranger. We must also learn to wait and prevail especially in the place of prayers, even if there seems to be no result. We must be able to travail until we bring forth.
- Promptness: as soon as a watchman sets his eyes on something strange, or receives a warning, he must waste no time in blowing the trumpet. We must also know that our responsibility is such that requires haste, and we must act swiftly anytime God gives us a message, a burden or a divine prompting. Delay could be dangerous!
- Clarity of message: 1 Cor 14:8 says: “For if the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who shall prepare to the battle?” Clarity is a very important aspect in the conveyance of the message of the trumpet. Different trumpet sounds have different interpretations in the bible, such as the sound of jubilee, sound of praises that brought down the wall of Jericho, sound of warning of coming judgement to the children of Israel etc. Hence, we must as Christians clearly relate whatever message God is passing across to us to his people without ambiguity. As a teacher of his word for example, we must not dilute or alter that which we have received from the throne of grace so as not to confuse God’s people.
The task we have as watchmen whom God has set in place is an enormous one. We cannot afford to be slack or complacent at this point, but rather bear responsibility.
We must not allow anything or anyone to keep us in silence. We must patiently wait on God to give us his message for this generation, and we must act accordingly. God is counting on us!
The Post at A Glance!
Summary As Christians, God has set us as watchmen and we all have gates which each of us is expected to man. Examples of such gates that are to be manned include the family gate, gate at the place of work, gates in our churches, gates of our neighbourhood, state, nation etc. Hence, it is our responsibility, first, to identify the gate(s) which God has commissioned us to man (watch), and then ensure that we man such gate(s).
Prayer and Intercession