Proverbs 6: 9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? 10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
Think about the people who went to sleep in the bible and what happened. Jonah was running from God and went to the bottom of the ship and slept. The crew was trying desperately to save them all and went to awaken Jonah. No wonder the world doesn’t come to Christians. We’re asleep. Samson went to sleep in Delilah’s lap and woke with a haircut he wasn’t supposed to have. The church worldwide is sleepy, slumbering, or just asleep. Now is not the time to sleep, and we should check ourselves to see how awake we are. Solomon was speaking to his son saying don’t go to sleep. The devil will get to you if you do. When you make your checklist each day, make sure you’re awake spiritually.
None of us likes the alarm clock. Many hit the snooze button for just 5 or 10 more minutes of sleep. There is no snooze button on the Word of God and mending the condition of the soul. When we were saved God woke us out of sleep. There is no time better than now to stay awake. We can’t escape the world. From radio, television, and online there is a movement of the devil to knock us down and cause us to sleep. The disciples were asked in the garden to stay awake and pray. They disregarded the Master even though he told them his soul was sorrowful even unto death. Sure they needed to pray for him, but they needed to pray for themselves too. Each time Jesus came to them they were asleep. He asked Peter if he couldn’t stay awake one hour. What does it take to keep us awake? Being awake and watchful is our part. It’s our responsibility. If we go to sleep we cannot blame it on the preacher, others, or the world. If you’re determined to stay awake, they cannot put you out. Remember, your enemy—the devil—doesn’t sleep but neither does your God.
We have an internal alarm clock that rings to keep us awake. The disciples missed a real blessing by sleeping. They could have seen the angel come to minister to Jesus. They would have seen Judas and the crowing coming and been prepared. The only way to be ready to meet the Lord is to be awake. Tomorrow will bring lots of whatever’s. The devil smacks us around. It’s at a critical level. Your most vulnerable time is while you sleep. You don’t know if someone is trying to break in or if a fire has started. The person beside you in bed could die and you wouldn’t even know it. As Christians, we can’t afford to sleep. As you make a stand for Jesus you’ll see more and more ways that the world opens the door for the devil to destroy us. When you wake up it will be too late.
We need bodily sleep to function but we must avoid spiritual sleep at all costs. If you’re awake, stick with Jesus. Stay awake a little longer. Don’t try to catch 40 winks. It doesn’t take much to make it critical. Do you ever get sleepy driving? It doesn’t take long for something critical to happen. There is plenty to keep us awake spiritually and we have no excuse. You don’t know when you actually fall asleep at night. You might try to track it but you just do it. If you’re the least bit drowsy or indifferent spiritually, it won’t take long for something worse to happen. The devil wants to make sure of that. That ought to keep us awake, yet it puts us under his spell. We get sleepy on God and think it’s all right. On God’s clock we’re at 11:59 p.m. with only seconds to go until midnight. We don’t have time to sleep.
It’s time to pray for the Lord to get us more awake. None of us is at 100%. The Lord is trying his best to get us to move to a level of awareness we’ve never experienced. Knowing the time, it is high time to awake. If you’re out of the lane or getting sleepy, ask the Lord to help you wake up so you’ll know you’re ready and awake to your place and purpose. It’s time to say “God, wake me up! Speak to my heart.” He’ll wake everyone one day, some to everlasting life, some to eternal damnation. Don’t wait until it’s too late.