“I sleep, but my heart waketh.” – Song of Solomon 5:2
Beloved, with such a perishing world around us, let us cut the time spent on sleeping and givemore time to prayer. Too much long sleep; with eternity so near at hand, is foolishness. Yet we are none of us so much awake as we should be. Unless we soon bestir ourselves, we shall have to sleep less, because of afflictions that may set in our lives whilst we sleep too much. O that we may leave for ever the couch of fleshly ease, and go forth with flaming torches to meet the coming Bridegroom! “My heart waketh”. This is a happy sign. Life is not extinct, though sadly smothered. When our renewed heart struggles against our natural heaviness, we should be grateful to sovereign grace for keeping a little vitality within the body. Jesus will hear our hearts, will help our hearts, will visit our hearts; for the voice of the wakeful heart is really the voice of our Beloved, saying, “Open to me.” Holy zeal for Jesus will surely open up the door of your sleepy eyes.
In a believer’s experience, we know that when we are asleep, we need to sleep in “the spirit” hence, even though we are asleep, yet we are awake. Amidst a hopeful wakefulness – I sleep. Through too much sleep, sin dwelleth in us and we may become lax in holy duties, slothful in religious exercises, dull in spiritual joys, and altogether careless. Too much sleepiness is a shameful state for one in whom the quickening Spirit dwells; and it is dangerous to the highest degree.
Even wise virgins sometimes slumber, but it is high time for all to shake off the bands of too much sleep. It is to be feared that many believers lose their strength, while sleeping on the lap of carnal security”. Wake up! Wake up! Less sleeping, more praying—wake up 5.30 am everyday and pray. Amen! JESUS LOVES YOU.
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Beloved have a blessed day.