Recently, I heard of a college student once who was a very deep sleeper. His parents said that he was at home on one occasion when bad weather came up in their area. An unexpected tornado dropped near their home, and before they could get to cover, it hit in their area, and their house sustained some pretty serious damage, according to the story.
The parents frantically made their way upstairs to the room where their college aged son slept, terrified of what his condition would be. Upon breaking through his door they were amazed to find him sound asleep, undisturbed by the commotion of the storm.
I used to sleep very deeply and could sleep through loud noises and other disturbances, but that’s not the case anymore. I have dreams with events so big and noises so loud that even they wake me up.
Spiritually speaking, are you a deep sleeper?
It doesn’t take a Bible scholar to notice that we are living in very consequential times for our world. During my lifetime, I cannot remember a time when things were in such turmoil and uncertain chaos.
We talk about the bad condition of the economy, but that’s not limited to our country.
We talk about the political unrest and lack of unity, and that seems to also be an international issue.
We talk about the decline of morality and the inability of people to see right from wrong, and this too is a worldwide epidemic.
Selfishness is the new norm around the globe as the poorest of this world starve and the rest of us worry about making the mortgage payment on our castles.
Fewer and fewer are hearing God’s call to total commitment, or so it seems. It’s almost as if men have become “lovers of self rather than lovers of God.”
There’s a storm raging around us, friend. It’s a fierce, hurricane-force storm. The world is being torn to shreds as time quickly counts down to the next big event on civilization’s timeline. If we believe the Word when it speaks the truth of John 3:16, we’ve got to believe it when it speaks of the return of Christ as well: “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, the dead in Christ will rise first, then all us who are alive and remain will be caught up together to meet them in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
The reality of this truth should wake us up. The daily events around us should rattle us to the point of breaking our sleep cycle. The fulfillment of so much Scripture before our very eyes should be like a tremendous alarm in the ears of sleeping believers everywhere that raise us up from the dreams that have kept our eyes closed for generations. The sad truth is, however, that many snore on as if everything will continue as it always has. The faith that we claim to hold to is merely a soft pillow to help us sleep at night instead of a beacon call to rise up and rescue a lost world from the future we’ve been foretold of.
Are you a deep sleeper? What will it take to wake you from that spiritual slumber? Last night I saw over 300 people, mostly students, assembled in a junior high school cafeteria with hands lifted and praising God together. I saw God lighting a fire within most of them to share Christ in their schools this week. I saw a generation beginning to crack open their eyes from a nap that is about to end. I saw hundreds of them waking up – and I felt hell begin to shudder beneath my feet.
What will it take for the rest of us to join the battle?
That’s just a thought, and I welcome yours.
Until next time,
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