and Unchanging Status of Covenant Love!
The truth is, in the winters of life, amidst the darkest places, facing difficult problems, dealing with deadly pain and living among despairing people, the unseen Spirit of God is mightily at work – watching! We live by faith not by sight, and it is especially urgent in these seasons that we are invited, with grace-filled faith, to live “watchful.”
Our Winter Watch reading gives encouragement as Wisdom Speaks: But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn that shines brighter and brighter until the full day. My son, give attention to my words (voice); Incline your ear to my sayings (ears). Do not let them depart from your sight (eyes); Keep them in the midst of your heart (center), for they are life to those who find them and health to all his body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the spring of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth and put devious speech (lips) far from you. Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze (eyelids) be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; turn your foot from evil Proverbs 4:18, 20-27 (NASV).
God is a “watchful” God. As we discussed last week, watch is the essence of a covenant. God, a covenant keeping God, lives in the continual state of being at watch. He is also proactive – watching by working all things together for our best interest (Romans 8:28, 29). God is for us! He is keeping watch over us; He remains on guard. However, if we desire to know the reality of life under His watch, we too must be “watchful” people, people in a state of watch. Why? God has one good will, one perfect way and one divine work that is absolutely the best – HIS! We are created for, intended to, and offered the source of knowing His will, being made “in Their image” and living in “Their” likeness. This is why we have Christmas. This is why Jesus went to Calvary. This is why the Father sent the Holy Spirit of Jesus at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit – the Spirit of God the Father and God the Son – is the Spirit of Holy Love. He is the One Spirit who allows us to “see/watch” with eyes of divine love, think with the mind of Godly wisdom and pours into us the eternal life Who is the Light of men. God calls us into a covenant relationship of lavish love; a relationship of sacred fellowship with Father and Son and Holy Spirit; a fellowship of participation in “watchfulness.” This invitation is not for a fleeting, momentary decision to be His. God is inviting us to an eternal life-changing encounter with Himself, receiving His Holy presence IN Jesus to live IN us every moment of every day, filling, filling, filling our center, our minds, our eyes, ears and mouth. Such Spirit-filled living stimulates, equips and empowers us to keep “watchful,” yielding every aspect of life into in HIS Watch of Holy Love! This is the perfect will of God! This is knowing Jesus! He never demands His will. He never forces His presence. He invites us into His sacred fellowship!