“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.”Proverbs 6:6-11
As a kid, I always looked forward to summer and could not wait for the school year to end. I fantasized about no homework, bad grades, or long pants while enjoying the simple pleasures of sun tea, watermelon, and night swimming. I had plans of doing absolutely nothing so I was always disappointed when I was given chores to do. I wanted to turn my brain off, but my mom would always take us to the library to get books.
I remember going back to school in September with the first weeks dedicated to relearning all that we had forgotten in the summer. There was a lot of work to do as my summer reading of Peanuts comic books did not help with what I needed to know in math and grammar class. Summer would also add some pounds to my physique as I would indulge a little too much on Mom’s home cooked meals. My parents would push me, but I would become lazy in the summer and it always took me some time to recover from my months of slumber when school started.
As the years have gone by, I have learned that I must be diligent like the ant as tomorrow is not promised to me. I have learned there is always plenty to do, and God’s work is never finished. Everyday brings me closer to my last day on this earth. There is much to do and I must not slumber or sleep or I will miss out on what God asks of me. Ephesians 5:16 states, “Redeeming [making the best use of] the time, because the days are evil.”
I have also slumbered in my sin and grown comfortable in my indulgence of it. I was susceptible to the attacks of the devil because I did not walk with my head on a swivel trying to avoid it. I fell asleep at my spiritual post and loved my sin too much to wake myself and take action against it. At times, I was awakened by consequences, a message God used, or a friend who was concerned for me. I have learned that I cannot sleep too much physically, and I definitely know that I cannot do it spiritually. I must wake up and take a proactive approach as the devil seeks to destroy me.
Are you sleeping too much friend? Have you grown comfortable in your laziness? Have you grown comfortable in your sin? Are you more concerned about your own personal endeavors and comforts or do you seek to be about the Father’s business? Are you pushing snooze too long and oversleeping? What will it take to wake you up? What will it take for you to prioritize your time for His honor and glory? May we wake up physically so we can do His work spiritually.