The Night Is Flying

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

It was a time of violence as religious wars swept throughout Europe. During these traumatic times, Philipp Nicolai felt forced to flee for his life on several occasions. Nicolai, a pastor who was born in Germany on this day in 1556, at times went into hiding, forced to preach in secret house meetings.

Compounding these problems, a plague swept through the area around Westphalia (where he was pastoring), killing more than a thousand of his church members.

To comfort his people, he wrote a hymn called “Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying.” It reminded everyone that life was short and the importance of eternal things.

Referencing Jesus’ story of the ten virgins, Nicolai wrote, “Wake, awake, for night is flying; the watchmen on the heights are crying: Awake, Jerusalem, at last!” He urged them to focus on God’s Kingdom, and to have joy in their salvation. This gave them perspective on things happening in the world and their lives.

This perspective can help us be ready for Jesus’ return. When the “Bridegroom comes,” we can be glad for we are ready for the marriage feast He has prepared! We can cry, “Alleluia!” And “go and meet Him.”

Make sure that you are not “foolish” but ready for His coming. Look around and think about the people who are not ready. Remember that “midnight” is striking all around the world for millions of people who do not know Jesus. Who aren’t ready. Dedicate yourself to being His witness, an example of Christ’s love and compassion.