Also called: Alert, Awareness, Forgetfulness, Guarding, Overlooking, Preparedness, Vigilance
Being carefully observant, attentive or aware.

Top Bible Verses about Watchfulness

Isaiah 21:5–12

Set out the table in order! Spread out the rugs! Eat! drink! Rise up, commanders; smear the shield! For the Lord said this to me: “Go, set a watchman in position. He must announce what he sees. When he sees riders, a pair of horsemen, riders of donkeys, riders of camels, then he must listen attentively, paying attention, paying special attention.” Then the watchman called, “Lord, I am standing on the watchtower continually by day, and I am standing at my post throughout the night. And look at … Read Isaiah 21:5–12

Ezekiel 33:7–9

“And you, son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; if you hear a word from my mouth, then you must warn them from me. When I say to the wicked, ‘Wicked one, you will certainly die,’ and you did not speak to warn the wicked from his way, he, the wicked, will die by his guilt, but his blood I will seek from your hand. But, you, if you warn the wicked from his way, to turn from it, and he does not turn from his way, he will die by his guilt, and you will have saved your life. Read Ezekiel 33:7–9

Matthew 25:1–13

“Then the kingdom of heaven may be compared to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were foolish and five were wise. For when the foolish ones took their lamps, they did not take olive oil with them. But the wise ones took olive oil in flasks with their lamps. And when the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. But in the middle of the night there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all those … Read Matthew 25:1–13

Mark 14:38

Stay awake and pray that you will not enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak!” Read Mark 14:38
1 Thessalonians 5:6

1 Thessalonians 5:4–8

But you, brothers, are not in the darkness, so that the day should catch you like a thief, for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. So then, we must not sleep like the rest, but must be on the alert and be self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But because we are of the day, we must be sober, by putting on the breastplate of faith and love and as a helmet the hope of salvation, Read 1 Thessalonians 5:4–8
1 Peter 5:8

1 Peter 5:8

Be sober; be on the alert. Your adversary the devil walks around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Read 1 Peter 5:8

Famous Christian Quotes About Watchfulness, Alert, Awareness, Forgetfulness, Guarding, Overlooking, Preparedness, Vigilance

Keep Watch on the Heart

I think that unless a man has a good watch on his heart, he will become forgetful and careless in his conversation. And so the enemy gets a footing in him and overthrows him. A lamp will give light if it has oil and a trimmed wick. But if the oil is forgotten, it goes slowly out and little by little the shadows creep in upon it. If a mouse comes to it and tries to eat the wick before it is quite out, it is thwarted by the heat of the dying flame. But when it sees that the light is gone and the wick is cool, it knocks the lamp to the floor. If the lamp is earthenware, it is smashed, if it is brass, it is reparable.

If the soul is negligent, the Holy Spirit goes from it little by little, until it has grown quite cold: and then the enemy devours the soul’s purpose, and wickedness puts an end to it. If a man through his God-ward affection is a good man and has merely been caught in temporary negligence, the merciful God stirs the mind to remember the punishment waiting for sinners in the next life; and henceforth the mind takes trouble to be earnest and watches itself carefully, until the time of its visitation.


The Lord Shows How to Fight the Devil

The Lord, who overcame the devil and shows us the way to overcome him, commands us to watch. For therefore he encountered with Satan the first, second, and third time, to instruct us how we should fight against the enemy of mankind. He overcame him for us, that we should not despair of ability and power easily to overcome him, since he is already weakened and wounded. By faith, doubtless, we shall overcome him; for by faith we are knit unto Christ, and by faith we draw the Spirit of Christ, by the force and virtue whereof we shall triumph.

Heinrich Bullinger

Be Careful in Calm Waters

We seem to be sailing in calm waters, while men of the world are sailing in rough weather. And we are sailing in daylight, led by the Sun of righteousness, while they are being driven along in the night time—the night of ignorance. Yet it often happens that worldly men, sailing in darkness and through storms, are so afraid of the danger that they save the ship, by calling upon God and by watchfulness: while we, in our calm waters, become negligent, get off the proper course of righteousness, and are sunk.

Syncletica of Alexandria
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