I read these words from my devotional ….
Slumbering souls take for granted life and all its blessings.
Slumbering souls tend to be overly focused on negative things.
(from Jesus Lives, page 96)
… and have been mulling these sentences over for a few days. Slumbering, according to dictionary.com, is “
Slumbering souls neglect to recognize all the blessings in life, within their very own life. They magnify the negative until it appears larger than life.
Perhaps that’s why I want to be awake. Maybe that’s why I love Awake My Soul and play it blasting loud. Perhaps its because the portion of Scripture about the dry bones always speaks to me. Maybe it’s because I can still remember a sermon I heard in church many years ago, when this Scripture came alive to me.
Or maybe it’s simply… I want to be awake to Him. I’m hoping, above all else, that’s what it is.
It is as we listen to the word of the Lord that our dry souls come to life. We come to life as He speaks to us. In Ezekiel 37, not only did the valley of dry bones come back together and to life but “They all came to life and stood on their feet – a great army.” (verse 10, NLT). When He speaks His Word into our hearts and we listen, truly listen, life is breathed into us, His life. We stand on our feet and we become part of a great army, able to fight against the forces which seek to bring us down.
When we’re awake to Him, my devotional continues … “The more fully you enjoy Me, the more capacity you have to appreciate the blessings I shower upon you. As you delight in Me, I am free to bless you bountifully.”
I want to be awake in Him and to Him.
“Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” (Ephesians 5:14, NLT)
May we live in the full light of Christ. It is in keeping Him as our delight that we find the greatest gifts in our lives.