Many Christians in these latter days before Christ returns, find themselves asleep. To those given “new life” in Christ, this is a very sad and dangerous state. Will America ever be awakened from her slumber?
There are a few in America who are awake. They are awake to God’s judgment on His people and this nation. They are awake to those that are perishing in their sin. They are awake to just how few know and are preaching who God really is. Some of the many Christians who are asleep in America are yet awake in their slumber. Can one be asleep and awake at the same time?
—Song of Solomon 5:2
While we are yet awake in our slumber, the voice of God is crying out to us. Our beloved Christ has left us, but He is calling out to us to be restored. We are awake, but our hearts are asleep to God’s voice. Will the voice of our beloved awaken our hearts, or will we return to our slumber thinking to ourselves, “I am safe”? Even Noah was found drunk, naked, and asleep by his youngest son. Shall our nakedness be covered up, or will we return to that sad state still desiring to be asleep and drunk with our own wine again? Does God’s grace still remain for us? How long will God continue trying to awaken us?
Christ’s disciples were found asleep in the garden while Jesus prayed. The wise virgins slumbered. Sampson lost his strength while he slept. God is trying to awaken us from our sleep. He has stricken us. None of us are as awake as we ought to be. All of us should be wakening, slumbering less. While we are playing soccer-mom and football-dad, while we labor for so many worldly things, and while we play at our religion on Sunday, are we not falling deeper and deeper into our slumber?
It is a tragic occurrence for one to be “stricken” of God, made sick, and then never realize we were even sick at all. It is like the drunken man whose drinking makes him very sick in his drunkenness, but he doesn’t remember it. He is dead while he yet lives. His drunken state and the consequences of it have no affect on him. He may say to himself, “When shall I awake?” but with little shame he is already planning his return to it.
—2 Peter 2:22
We, in America, are drunk with pride thinking our security can be found anywhere else but in Christ. We have sought for ourselves, for far too long, a way of ease and comfort. What will it take to awaken us from our slumber? Have we gotten to the point where we can no longer feel God’s hand of discipline calling us to be restored?
Will it be said of us just as Jeremiah said it of Israel?
Our sin has made us mournful sleepers. We have put our faith and trust in our religion, our own wealth, and the safety found in a strong American tradition of freedom. We are preoccupied with our own pursuit of happiness, ignoring the greater glory found in seeking God’s righteousness. America has been stricken. Will it cause us to awaken from our slumber?
My beloved Christ. Keep crying out to Your people and may they begin to hear You!
Why do you worry
Why do you fear
Why you in a hurry
Don’t you know I am near
Why are you crying and sad
Why are you raving and mad
Why has this world got you down
I am no longer in the tomb
Why does the enemy have you bound
I am alive and coming soon
Why are you living like you are dead
Didn’t you read what I said
Crawl out of your tomb
Don’t live with the dead
You avoided your doom
Don’t seek this world instead
Live your life in Victory
Live like you have hope in me