DayBreaks for 10/01/15 – Sleepy Devotion
When are you most likely to get sleepy? I know that when I’m driving on a long trip, the worst time for me to drive is the first couple of hours after lunch. My belly is full (too full, most of the time!), the warm sunshine is pouring through the window, I am starting to get tired and I’ve already heard the news on the radio about 10 times, and I can’t find much to talk about (I’m a man of few words – except, as the congregation would tell you, when I’m preaching!)
I also can get tired and sleepy in meetings. Especially a meeting which is poorly run and seems to have no direction or real purpose. Or, if it’s about something I really don’t care about. In my previous career in the computer/data field, I have to confess that I sat through more meetings than a skunk has stink! And, I often found myself nodding, not in approval, but with drowsiness! I would shift in my chair from one side to the other, uncross my legs and cross them again, lean forward or back, force myself to take notes and all sorts of other ingenious activities to keep from falling on the floor in a loud snore. Not good, I know. But honest.
Our devotion to God can get pretty sleepy, too. If we think we’ve got it figured out already, or if we think “I’ve already heard from God. What else is there that He could possibly tell me?” Well…plenty. The more willing I am to listen to God, the more He tells me! And I’m afraid that I’m an unending project for God – the rest of you may “get it” as soon as the gates of heaven swing open for you, but I’m convinced that God’ll still be working on me 732 trillion years after I get there!!!!!
Frank Laubach said, “If you are weary of some sleepy form of devotion, probably God is as weary of it as you are.” Good point. If your Christianity is dull, boring and as interesting as an aimless, wandering, unimportant meeting, then you aren’t experiencing a God-centered relationship, or you’re cherishing sin in your heart. Ask Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah, Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, John, Peter, Paul, Mary, Deborah, Esther, Ruth, Job, Mary Magdalene, Dorcas or anyone else in Scripture if their life was sleepy because of the relationship they had with God. I’m sure they, like us, had ups and downs where their devotion waxed and waned, but it would be hard to characterize the life of any one of those people as boring, unexciting, dull or sleepy!
When you stop to think about it, how could a life that is sold out to God be a boring life? God never gets tired – and He’s a creative, energy-filled God who has plenty for us to do! But the best part isn’t even the doing – it’s being with Him, becoming like the Lion of Judah, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Alpha and the Omega – that’s exciting!
Don’t settle for a dull, boring journey through this life as a Christian. Live it on the edge with God, and you’ll never get sleepy again!
PRAYER: Lord, lead us on in a great adventure with You, and renew us with the excitement of constantly being in Your Presence and walking with You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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