New Men’s Devotional Bible

Duration: 365 days

WEEK 34

A FRIEND STANDING WATCH

Today’s Bible ReadingEzekiel 33:1–11

Recommended ReadingProverbs 27:1718:24John 15:9–17James 5:16

A lot of us guys assume that part of being a man requires handling life on our own. This distorted view of independence makes sense when we look at our boyhood heroes—characters played by John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, the Lone Ranger and Han Solo.

Using a military metaphor, Ezekiel points out the errors in thinking this way. He reminds us that we face a true spiritual battle and that—whether or not we want to admit it—we need help on the battlefield.

Just as God places Ezekiel on guard to stand watch over Israel, so we also need friends who care about us to stand watch in our lives. And our true friends won’t just tell us what we want to hear; they’ll say the things we need to hear.

Sometimes a friend standing watch will point out the enemy of discouragement. This watchman senses when you’re going through a tough time or when you feel deflated, and he offers words of hope and friendship.

Sometimes a friend standing watch will urge you to fight the enemy of bad influence. This watchman confronts you when you spend too much time with people whose perspectives on life harm you. He even helps you connect with different circles of godly men—starting with his own friendship.

And at other times a friend standing watch will fight alongside you during a tough battle. He encourages you and finds ways to help you reach your goals.

Ultimately, you hope that the friend you rely upon to hold you accountable will always guide you back to God. Hey, even the Lone Ranger had Tonto.

To Take Away

  • What friend stands guard in your life? How does he serve as your “watchman”?
  • If you can’t think of someone who serves as a watchman for you, what steps can you take to find a friend who’ll always remind you to turn back to God?
  • Why is it important to have a friend standing watch over your life?

In Other Words

“Accountability breeds response-ability.” —Stephen R. Covey

Copyright © 2006 by Zondervan.

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