Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
God is dealing with the church at Thessalonica about being prepared for the rapture, His some coming in the clouds to snatch His people away to be with Him forever. He warns them not to let that day “overtake them as a thief”.
Last post we saw that we are not to be overtaken by darkness. God now warns them (and us) not to let that day overtaken by drowsiness.
Be Not Overtaken by Drowsiness (vs6) – not sleep, as do others…
What others? There are a good number of examples in Scripture of folks that found themselves in trouble or unprepared because of their inclination to sleep. When we think of sleep we think of lethargy, laziness, inattentiveness, and a general unawareness of what is happening to us and around us.
This is the present condition of most churches and Christians in America. It is the time we WAKE UP! Do not let that day overtake us as others:
As the disciples in the garden with Jesus and could not watch and pray for an hour.
Let us be on our knees and not asleep in this day and hour that there is so much we need to seek God for and that needs us to intercede.
And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Matthew 26:40
As the disciples at Mt. Transfiguration
We, like they, are missing our glimpses of the Lord’s glory! We sleep through His presence and manifestation of holiness and power.
And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him. Luke 9:30-32
As Samson sleeping in the lap of temptation and weakness for pleasure.
Let us be holy and set ourselves apart from sinners, live right, and flee temptation.
And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand. And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him. Judges 16:18-19
As Jonah sleeping while running from God’s call.
Let us be sensitive to God and our sin. Let us not run and become so calloused that we can sleep through God’s chastising as Jonah did.
But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep. Jonah 1:4-5
As the proverbs sluggards what will not work simply because of laziness.
He could find much time to sleep and none to work. Let us Labour remembering our work in the Lord is not in vain.
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. Proverbs 6:9-11
As the young man that fell asleep as Paul preached and fell and died.
Awake Christian! Hear the word of God and let not our hearts be hardened or wax fat so we cannot hear.
And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead. Acts 20:9
Do not let THAT DAY overtake you!
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