I remember the many Shipboard watches I stood when in the Navy when the ship was underway at sea. The one that stands out the most was the Mid-Watch, 0000 Midnight! You worked all day and sometimes stopped working at 2000 hours-8pm. You couldn't always get to sleep and you had to relieve the Watch at quarter to the Hour. One of the highlights was Midrats, food prepared by the cooks for watchstanders. It was usually a ravioli-spaghetti type of dish. So for this I would usually get to to the galley at about 2315-11:15pm. They had coffee and bugjuice which was just like Kool-Aid. The Navy wanted you to be fed and prepared and eating food helped keep up your strength. The Watch was from 0000 to 0400am.
In my early Navy days at Sea I stood watches doing Forward and Aft Lookout watches, Helmsman and other duties. You had to maintain and stay awake for it was your duty to be alert so you could properly perform the duties set before you. As a believer in JESUS CHRIST the work of the LORD can be like being on watch. We must prepare and be ready 24/7 like my Navy days especially when at Sea but always important even when inport.
The Bible says we are to be sober and vigilant serving the LORD! The word sober means here: Responsible. The word Vigilant means alert. In the Military we are to be ready to serve, defend and protect our Country that means also to be responsible and alert also. In serving the LORD we are to be too!
In 1 Peter 5:8 the Bible says: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
Our daily food is the Word of GOD to prepare and strengthen us to serve GOD. In Matthew 4:4: But HE (JESUS) answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of GOD. ( In this verse JESUS was contending with the devil who is the enemy. JESUS obeyed the WORD of GOD and defeated the devil when HE was tempted.) You must defeat the sin and wickedness before you by obeying GOD in your service to HIM and in Serving your country in the military I was to adhere to the regulations they set forth to maintain proper regulation and security of a fighting force sent forth to protect and defend my Nation. Duty-Honor-GOD-Country. The LORD JESUS CHRIST is coming back someday, be ready and be prepared for HIS coming by doing HIS work, so you will not be caught unawares. BE a good Soldier of JESUS. I hope you can see what I am trying to say here in this message by your Doing right by the LORD. So do good and carry it on with whatever you do in life knowing this will make a better difference. Seek GOD each day! With HIS great eternal love JESUS came to save us! Trust in HIM today!
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of JESUS CHRIST. 2 Timothy 2:3