August 10, 2022

The Night Is Flying

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“The kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins … Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. […] The groom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut.” – Matthew 25:1-2, 10 NASB

Religious wars and violence swept throughout Europe. During these traumatic times, Philipp Nicolai fled for his life on several occasions. Nicolai, a pastor 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 church members.

To comfort his people, he wrote a hymn called “Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying.” It reminded everyone of life’s brevity 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 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 groom comes, we can be glad for we are ready for the marriage feast He has prepared! We can go and meet Him and cry, “Alleluia!” Make sure you are 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, and be an example of Christ’s love.

Reflection Question: What do you need to do to make sure you’re ready for Jesus’ return?

Father, use me to bring the Gospel to the nations. Thank You for all You have given me. Help me be ready for Jesus’ return. In His name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Matthew 25