Updated: Aug 31
I believe the Lord sparked this encouragement through a song I recently heard by Keith Green titled, ‘Asleep In The Light’. I was drawn to the words where, at one point he sings,“Jesus rose from the grave, and you can’t even get out of bed!”
My heart ached as I held back the tears. These words broke me!
So, I asked the Lord to show me where they were “sleeping in the light” in His Word. He brought me to Matthew 26, where Jesus took His disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane to watch, with Him for one hour.
He brought the disciples, but He took Peter, James, and John a little farther up the path. Then He said to them, "My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me." (Matt. 26:38)
I will now try to put into words what He showed me. The disciples had walked with Jesus (The Light) for over 3 years. Now Jesus is, “deeply grieved,” and asks them to keep watch with Him. As you know, they fell asleep. Twice. They were sleeping when The Light asked them to keep watch!
It happens to everybody. It happens to me and if I wasn’t obedient to let God give me a nudge I might have slept through writing this encouragement.
So that's what He did, and that's what I just got - the Divine Nudge. Why is it so easy for us, even for His disciples, to become complacent? Especially about the things of God. Like taking His salvation and His miracles for granted as if they're just items on the supermarket conveyor belt.
Well, I don't want that level of mediocrity in my life and I don't believe that you want it either.
Therefore, I am determined to remain spiritually awake and listen to the voice of my Savior and not fall asleep on Him and His work for me.
Like the song says, I shall strive not to be “Asleep In The Light”.