January, 1957                                   “Watchmen - Watch”                                         Late Mr. N. Daniel


Isaiah 21:11 “Watchman, what of the night?”


You are a watchman. Which part of the night are you in now? A year has gone by. A New Year has come in. You are the watchman of your night. You are the watchman of your family. Watching over your congregation is also your duty. Each man in the church should through his prayer be a watch man. Otherwise, the pastor alone cannot do the job. We are strangers and pilgrims in this world. Some are traveling in the day and some are traveling in the night. Some are finishing their life traveling in darkness without entering into the life of Christ. Even before the morning star rises in their hearts, to proclaim the dawn and before the Word of God enters into their hearts, as a light that shineth in darkness, some are completing their lives. Even before they pray that sinners prayer “Have mercy on me, I am a sinner!”, they pass out of this world. Watchman! Wake up in this New Year, lest your life end in darkness. Your flickering lamp has to be lighted.

Time is running fast. Unconverted people have to be awakened, lest they move from darkness into deeper darkness and the shadow of death. God speaks to Daniel. God asked Daniel to watch. As time runs to its close, many shall purify themselves and will be made white but the wicked shall do wickedly and shall not understand. But the wise shall understand. We are called to show forth the praises (the nature) of Him, who has called us out of darkness, into His marvelous light. (I Peter 2: 9) We are called to be a royal priesthood and a holy nation. When shall we be thus established? Let us pray that we may be delivered from every bondage in the New Year. May women, refuse external adornments and desire the internal ornaments of a meek and quiet spirit. May men regard women as being heirs together with them of the grace of life and praying together with them, understanding the will of God for their families, carefully guiding them into it. Time is passing. “Watchman, what of the night!” Is your night passed? Are you living in the light? Are your children donning the garments of a humble mind which God alone gives so that they may obey their elders! Children also are watchmen of their own lives. Jesus was filled with wisdom and grew in stature. His growth in stature was in the same proportion as His growth in the wisdom of God. As His body grew in strength, His Spirit was strengthened also. His spiritual strength was always greater than His physical. His Divine wisdom was always greater than His mental knowledge. His spiritual power or spiritual strength was greater than the desire of the body. The grace of God was upon Him. Our body is like an ass over which the Spirit is to ride and control. If the Spirit reigns and rides over the body, the body will take the direction of the heavenly Jerusalem and reach the temple of God. As Jesus upon the ass traveled to Jerusalem, so young peop1e adorned with the beauty of holiness can enter into God’s presence and live there. The Spirit is able to control our mental powers and holding the reins of the will, can control the mind. The ass of the body, when ridden upon, by the Spirit of Christ, can walk, receiving honour. “I will make you to receive honour and praise, where you have been put to shame. I will make you a praise and a glory among all the nations of the earth.” This is the Word of the Lord. Before we met the Lord, we had the nature of an ass. "Vain would man be born as an ass, yet he will not learn wisdom." (Job 11:12) Watchman! What is left of the night! Do you know how much of your time on earth has gone by''? How much of your youth has been wasted! A New Year has come. How close are you now to the end. Remember the young man Absalom. He fled upon ass and trusted it would save him. But it left him helpless hanging between heaven and earth. Do not trust in your beauty and your strength to carry you through, when you depart from God and God’s peop1e. Your body 1ike Absalom's ass will hand you over to death. To be born of the Spirit and to grow in the Spirit is your great gain. Mortify the body through the strength of the Spirit. The carnal mind is enmity with God. Remember, you are a watchman. Your body is not yours.

Watchman! What is left of the night! Have you left your family in darkness? The earnings of a righteous man support life. The earnings of the ungodly generate sin. The f ear of the Lord leads to long life. The days of the ungodly are cut short. Are you awake and watching? Is your family still in the hours of the night? When the morning star rises over your family, the light of life begins first in the parents and then flows to the children. "He that loveth long life let him keep himself from evil and his lips from speaking guile. Let him speak peace and pursue it! Let this be fulfilled in your family. The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and His ears are open to their cry. The face of the Lord is against them that do evil. Parents should teach as oracles. They should be good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Watchman, are you watching over your body, your mind and your spirit, so that the rivers of life are flowing through you into your family? The river of life rises and flows over through you and your wife and children into the Christian congregation. Remember, you may have to leave this tabernacle of your body soon. While you are in this body, remember these things. Do not neglect the congregation with whom you worship. If the young people in the congregation go astray, they will have a bad influence over your children. Out of this congregation have to come the daughters-in-law and the sons-in-law that your family will need. When the judgement of God came upon Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot's wife, who could not obey the Spirit of God perished. Angels came, but they could not deliver her. Watchman! Watch over your church! Your family is but a unit among the many units in the congregation. If one house is on fire, the fire will spread also to your house. If you do not save others, the evil can swallow you up. (II Peter 3:9) Your life has been extended another year for this very reason. The goodness of God leadeth you to repentance. Watchman! Wake up and grow in the Grace and Wisdom that Jesus imparts!