Updated: Aug 15, 2022
Obediently watching and waiting for Jesus draws us into frequent periods of wakeful attentiveness in the night hours, or at the first light of morning. We see this over and over again in scripture (Nehemiah 4, Isaiah 62, Psalm 130, Ezekiel 33, Habakkuk 2, Proverbs 8, Psalm 5:3).
A bride, in ancient Hebrew tradition, must be ready and waiting, for her groom comes to collect her at an hour that she does not expect -- sent by his father, the only one who knows the time.
This is how we bide the time -- in sober and joyful expectancy of the son of God. By praying without ceasing (1 Thess 5:16-18) and by diligently tending to the oil in our lamps like the wise virgins in Matthew 25.
Rise up! He wants to show you something. A season of judgment is upon in this adulterous generation. Blow the trumpet. War, famine, plagues and things never before seen are incoming, like a flood. Come all the way out of the world. Call others out. The forecast lies with the Lord, King of Glory. May his mercy be with those who are in lockstep with their Shepherd.
Matthew 10:27 "What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs."