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Be Alert

Weekly Devotionals

Be Alert

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

1 Peter 5:8 NIV

As the first half of 2020 is coming to an end, I take a moment to look back at what has happened so far.

In January, Kobe’s sudden death opened my eyes once again to the reality that each day is a gift and tomorrow is not guaranteed.

Soon after, Covid-19 hit on a global scale and I am still adjusting to the new norm of social distancing.

Then, in the midst of a global pandemic, such a bright light was shown on the systematic racism that existed and continues to exist in America, giving birth to a movement called Black Lives Matter.

So as I sit here and reflect upon what has happened and what I have learned so far in 2020, the word that keeps on roaming my head is that very word I see in this week’s verse: be alert.

Especially in the past months, I have been reading and watching many resources that are out there to educate myself about the systematic racism in America.

The more I watched and read, I became angrier.

Soon, my heart became heavier, burdened, and broken.

“How could I have not seen what was happening? Did I really not see what was happening?”

“How was this happening right in front of all of us and not have done anything?“

“Why did it take so long for all of us to recognize such injustice?”

Then, I prayed that this movement will not fizz out as if what is happening was simply a fad of some sort.

I started praying for wisdom and guidance from the Lord.

And that prayer has led me to this week’s verse: 1 Peter 5:8.

I believe what we are dealing with is both physical and spiritual.

I really do believe that what has happened and is happening in 2020 is ultimately calling all the Christians to be alert.

Be alert by turning to the Lord. Seek His guidance and ask for wisdom.

I hope that we understand seeking justice is not a trendy thing to do right now, but seeking justice is God’s thing because our God is a just God.

I plan on continuing to educate myself on what is happening in this world but also on what God’s will is. So far, what I have learned is that Christians must come together in one spirit and one body in Jesus Christ. We are to be God’s hands, feet, and mouthpiece for all those who are in need.

This week, I want to end with inviting you to ask the following questions: Is there something in your everyday setting that God is asking you to be more alert in? What can you do once God activates that alertness in you?