DEVOTIONAL PAGE - "Brethren, I have written a letter unto
you" (Hebrews 13:22).
December 3, 2018
That Cursed Sleep
is one of our sweetest blessings. When
worn and weary from our day's labors, to
be able to lie down and the next morning
rise refreshed and restored is a huge
blessing: "For the Lord gives sleep to
those He loves" (Psalm 127:2, NCV). But
there is also a very different,
In Bible symbolism sleep often
represents "spiritual apathy" (CJB). In
this utterly Christ-indifferent world we
must regularly stir ourselves by seeking
God, examining ourselves honestly, and
bringing our obedience up to speed. If
not, spiritual sleep creeps up on us.
Scripture warns of this.
Samson slept in Delilah's lap in
fornication when God wanted him living
righteously and busily judging Israel.
Peter slept in discouragement when Jesus
needed him to stand with Him in His
vital prayer-watch. Jonah slept in
rebellion in the hold of a merchant ship
when God had called him to urgently warn
Nineveh of impending judgment. Eutychus
slept inattentively in a window while
history's greatest Bible teacher, Paul,
expounded God's Word. And the ten
bridesmaids slept in unbelief, imagining
the Bridegroom's delay was a denial of
His promise to return. All this
sleepiness should stir us.
Are we practicing or condoning
immorality in our lives, families, or
churches? Then we're sleeping alongside
Samson - and about to lose our
Are we discouraged by adversities and
neglecting our daily prayer-watch? Then
we're sleeping with Peter in Gethsemane
- and about to be awakened by a rebuke
from the Master!
Are we ignoring a divine call by trying
to find meaning in this world apart from
a walk and ministry with Christ? Then
we're sleeping with Jonah - and about to
bring a storm of divine correction on
ourselves and our associates!
Are we paying little or no attention to
the excellent Bible teaching our
divinely gifted pastors and teachers are
giving us week after week? Then we're
sleeping with Eutychus - and in danger
of falling in the next temptation or
adversity we meet!
Are we doubting this is after all the
season of Jesus' return, imagining that
because many looked eagerly for Him a
generation ago, and He delayed, He will
never come? Then we're sleeping with the
bridesmaids - and about to be shocked
awake by an imminent Midnight Cry and
Cursed spiritual sleep, whatever your
kind, be gone!! Friends, it's time to
stir ourselves and shake ourselves until
we're free of all spiritual apathy.
Greg Hinnant Ministries
PO Box 788, High Point, NC