Exodus 23:14-25:40; Matthew 24:29-51; Psalm 30:1-12; Proverbs 7:24-27
“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away so will be the coming of the Son of Man…Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” Matthew 24:36-39,42
Spiritual sleepiness. What does it look like?
Closing the eyes to the truth of God’s Word? Letting the culture dictate what “good”, what’s “bad”? NOT speaking gently and lovingly that God hates sin (and we all sin), but loves the sinner–that’s why He sent His Son Jesus to pay for those sins? Satisfying the flesh and seeking worldly pleasures, letting worship and fellowship with other believers go by the wayside? Excusing oneself from giving to God the “first fruits” of our labors?
Jesus knew about spiritual sleepiness. He saw it in his disciples who couldn’t stay away to pray for him. He saw the havoc of spiritual eyes that closed in his disciple Judas who betrayed him and later took his own life. He decried the spiritual sleepiness of the religious leaders whose hearts were hardened as they closed their eyes and refused to see Jesus as the Son of God, as Savior.
Jesus knows when we become spiritually sleepy as well. That’s why he says, “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He promises to help us stay awake–to help carry the load. His strength is our strength. He will be our No Doze as we keep our eyes on Him, the “author and perfecter” of our faith.
Lord God, there is much in our world that lulls us into spiritual sleepiness. Our eyes grow heavy and we are tempted to close them and escape. Forgive us, O Lord. Cleanse us from all that weighs us down–our fear of man, our own self-centeredness, the lust of our eyes. Please help us to be vigilant, to stay spiritually awake. Thank you that you never sleep nor slumber–that we can depend on you night and day! In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Rise, my soul to watch and pray; from your sleep awaken;
Be not by the evil day unawares o’ertaken.
Satan’s prey oft are they
Who secure are sleeping
And no watch are keeping.
But while watching, also pray to the Lord unceasing.
God alone can make you free,
Strength and faith increasing,
So that still mind and will
Heartfelt praises tender
And true service render.