Called to be Watchmen

Updated: May 23

During the first coronavirus lockdown in March 2020, probably during the first week I had been praying and listening to God to see what He was wanting to say to me as I prayed a video popped up on my Facebook feed. It was of a man in Indonesia, he was standing on the balcony of a building looking out to sea, there was a road below and then shops, cafes, bars, a beach and then the sea. The man was shouting to the people below because He could see something that they could not see, He was looking out and could see a big wave coming in, he could see a tsunami, he was shouting and screaming at the people trying to warn them but either they didn't hear him, they didn't understand him or they ignored him because they didnt seem to move until it was too late and the water came crashing in.

As I watched this video I was reminded in that moment that we are called to be Watchmen, we have a job to do in these last days, we have a responsibility as Christians, the Lord was reminding me about the responsibilities I have as a Watchman and I would like to share some of those thoughts in this blog.

So what is a Watchman?

In todays society we would probably call them security guards or we use the term night watchmen for someone who watches over and protects property, assets, or people. In biblical times a watchman would normally be found on the city walls and it was their job to blow the shofar when danger was approaching. They would also be able to see the daily comings and goings of the people, the activities on the streets and in the market, they would recognise the people, and would have an understanding of their lifestyles and their habits.