“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Spiritual Somnolence

(Please read Judges 16:15-19)

July 27

God gave Samson enormous physical strength, and he often used it against the Philistines. At least partly fulfilling his destiny, he led Israel for 20 years. But he had a dark side which eventually led to his death.

It was too bad that Samson didn’t stay awake after telling Delilah the secret of his strength. But instead of leaving the place of danger, he had the arrogance to go to sleep again, heedless of the risk.

Christians in Paul’s time also slept when they knew better, and he told them to wake up. Their sleep was spiritual, but it was just as dangerous as Samson’s. Perhaps, like Samson, they thought they could hold their own against any enemy, but things could change while they were insensitive to the goings-on around them (asleep). Knowing this, Paul wrote, “The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber” (Romans 13:11, NIV).

We have to heed that call and stay awake, aware that our enemy Satan constitutes a real danger. We know the need for Bible study and prayer, and other good things and it is a mark of arrogant neglect for us to close our eyes to that need. When our eyes and minds are closed to dangers and opportunities, we are spiritually asleep. And that’s the next thing to its inevitable consequence — spiritual death.

Let’s be thankful that there is still time to change. May these words of Holy Writ rouse every sleeper: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you” (Ephesians 5:14).

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