Proverbs 6:9-11 “How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.”
Sleep for the body is restorative.
Many have had pressing matters that have had us push our bodies beyond their capacity. We can only operate this way for a short time before our bodies begin to shut down. But when our minds are dull and unfocused, we miss so much throughout our day. We survive instead of thriving.
Solomon writes of the person who is not wary of the type of sleep that can overtake us if we are not careful. It comes slowly, quietly, unobtrusively. No one person can tell at which point in time they fell asleep. He warns that this sleep comes when we are at ease or lazy.
We know that the best sleep comes after a full day of work. The exertion of the body, the expending of energy, is what God created us to do. He did not create us for leisure, luxury, and ease. He set Adam to work in the garden, to dress it and to keep it. He tells us:
2 Thessalonians 3:10-11 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.”
Some churches today are asleep. There is the activity, but for fellowship and socialization, not the work of the ministry.
Ephesians 4:11-13 “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:”
The threefold work of the church to accomplish this command. When we have lost our purpose, we drift into this sleep, we are warned from which to refrain. So, how do we keep from ‘falling asleep’ at the wheel?
I believe it all starts with the heart.
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
A heart that is alive unto God and dead to the things of the world will not lack for clarity and life. God grows and asks us to cultivate such a heart for Himself.
Deuteronomy 6:5 “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”
Even when we stray from God, He begs us to return to revive again, that type of heart that seeks Him, desires Him and longs for Him.
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
The ‘work’ it may take for us to get our heart right with God is what we will fight until the day we leave this old world. Our enemy, Satan, works to put us to sleep; to accept a less than clean, less than pure heart before God.
To repent of the sin we’ve committed is too much work. It will cost too much. On and On it goes as we try to excuse our acceptance of anything less than holiness. The ‘accuser of the brethren’ will use the truth to accuse us. He uses our failures to get us to think we are accepted for what we do instead of who we are in Christ Jesus.
We must be active in combatting our lack of knowledge in our lives. It will be our undoing if we don’t.
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
To remain alert and attentive in our Christian walk is a daily, even hourly work in which we must engage. Love the physical sleep when it comes. Do not allow the love of sleep spill over into the work we must be about for God in our daily lives.
Challenge your mind daily through meditation on His Word. Determine to grow your prayer life through focus and purpose to see answers. Take what we read and ask God for a way to put it into action. Ask for divine appointments to tell of the most wondrous story ever told.
In so doing, you and I will remain alive and awake in this life.