1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
But the end of all things are at hand. We need not be troubled about our sufferings of this day. They are only temporary. They will pass away. There is a day coming when the Lord Jesus is going to take His church out of this world. Seven years later He will come back to Earth to rule. The day of the Lord shall come as a thief in the night. Suddenly and unexpectly. It is at hand. It can happen at any time. We need to be ready. We need to be saved. We need to be found serving. Where would you be if Jesus came back at 8:30 Sunday morning? Would you be ashamed of what you were doing? We need to be in a state of preparedness. We can do this by:
- Be Sober: This does not mean having no joy. Nor does it mean that a Christian needs to walk around looking like he was weaned on a dill pickle. It is, so-fron-eh’-o, to be of sound mind, Serious; thoughtful; considerate. “self-restrained.” The opposite duties to the sins “sober” is the opposite of “lasciviousness.” or as the ESV puts it in 1 Peter 4:3 “For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry.” So being sober or living a sober life includes the elimination of these sins of the flesh.
- While the thought of self control is included in the word sober, the word is not actually there even though many versions add that word.
- Watch unto Prayer.The word translated watch, means to be sober, temperate, abstinent, especially in respect to wine; then watchful, circumspect (Carefully aware of all circumstances; considerate of all that is pertinent). The important truth, then, taught by this passage is, “that the near approach, of the end of all things should make us serious and prayerful.”# When we think about this, it makes sense. The old saying “there are no atheists in foxholes” applies here. When there are events that point to a coming doom people are diligent to pray: earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc. we become aware of impending doom and are more sober, diligent, prayerful. Well each day brings us closer to death, the Lords return (which to the believer is a thing of both joy and dread. Joy for ourselves, dread for those we care for who do not know God). So we pray and put feet to our prayers.
- Put Feet to Our Prayers? The thought of putting feet to our prayers is not a new thought. It means that we back our prayers with Godly actions that will not hinder our prayers.