Proverbs 6: King James Bible
Waking Up – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter six, Verse 9
9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Waking Up
The verse above reminds me of a scene from the comedy Airplane, where a woman wouldn’t stop panicking, and people were taking turns trying to console her. It starts with encouraging words, then bumps up to grabbing her by the shoulders and shaking her, trying to snap her out of it. Then it escalates to a slap to the face. The camera pans out, to see all the passengers waiting in a line wanting to slap some sense into the woman.
In a strange similar manner, I can visualize the Holy Ghost doing the same thing to we who have become sluggish. Obviously not in the same manner as the sequence of events that transpired in Airplane, but there is an exasperated sense in the verse above as if to say:
“Come on! What is it I have to do to wake you out of this stagnation? How long will you ignore my instruction, reject my knowledge, scoff at wisdom, and take no thought to understand?”
Christ Jesus would rather us be as sheep in the midst of wolves. That sounds problematic until we understand who the Shepherd is. But when we wander out of his area of protection, we’re exposed to the wolves.
But also, when we grow comfortable in spiritual stagnation, we may be found ignoring the fact that the Shepherd and the flock has moved on to where the ground is more fertile, while the protection of the Shepherd’s will starts to pass ahead of us.
The Father has provided us a home, which is with him in Heaven. But here, he’s provided a road for us to traverse. A road isn’t a parking lot. It’s a means to more easily move forward, in order for us to get to our destination. Not a place to stand still, fall asleep, play, push the limits, or turn from.
How many people, who have begun their walk down the way the Lord has established for them, chose to stop; just to later on, wonder why their faith has grown stagnant? Or maybe have veered off into the weeds and through the woods, wondering why the Lord is so mean, instead of understanding that they’re the ones at fault?
Paul didn’t say sleep through the race, but run like crazy with your eyes on the prize! Be sober alert, vigilant, AWAKE!
Related New Testament Scripture
Ephesians 5: King James Bible
14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
Colossians 3: King James Bible
3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Hebrews 12: King James Bible
12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
1 Peter 1: King James Bible
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
If ever we stray out of the road you’ve set us on; if ever we wind up growing stagnant, and are found wanting in your eyes; if ever we begin to become enticed into losing focus on the prize that you’ve set before us; do all that you know it would take, to wake us and get us back on track. Thank you Lord, in the mighty name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever noticed, that spiritually waking up usually comes when you find yourself in the midst of trouble?