Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Being Sober and Vigilant

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1 Peter 1:13 (NET): "Therefore, get your minds ready for action by being fully sober, and set your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed."
Deril was removed from his role as a pilot because he failed random drug tests twice in a row. Even though he was one of the most talented pilots in the company, his boss had to let him go because he was no longer sober enough for the sensitive job of a pilot.

He was going through major frustrations in his personal life and sought comfort through drugs. The company understood that their pilots need to be most vigilant, and a pilot who is high on drugs cannot be vigilant enough, no matter how talented he is. An aircraft can crash if the pilot is not sober enough to observe the slightest warning signs and signals.

In order to be truly vigilant, it is necessary to be sober (see 1 Peter 5:8). A distracted and troubled mind cannot truly be vigilant. One of the biggest enemies of sobriety is anxiety and fear. An anxious and fearful mind cannot be truly vigilant.

When our hearts are fully set on the grace that we will receive when the Lord appears, it will help us keep our priorities in the right place, and the prince of this world would not be able to sway us with things he can control. A secret to spiritual stability is having our hope fixed on the grace and glory we will receive when the Lord appears.

Go into today remembering to cast your cares and anxieties upon the Lord. Let the joy of the Lord fill your heart. Watch and pray always.

Prayer: Lord, please help me to be sober and vigilant. Deliver me from all my fears. In Jesus' name. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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