To somnambulate is to sleepwalk. ‘Somn’ (sleep) + ‘ambulate’ (walk). A condition that applies to our spiritual life as well, wouldn’t you say? There is comfort, however, in this verse: “…even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.” (1 Thessalonians 4:14). Plenty of Christians are ambling through life, asleep both to the wonder of God as well as the inherent danger of keeping your eyes closed while you move about. God told Habakkuk (2:2) to write the vision so “that [they] may run that readeth it”. Get it? No running without reading. No reading without eyes wide open. And as Paul says in Romans (13:11), it’s “high time to awake out of sleep”.
God’s word will wake us up if we humble ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit to teach us from it. And not just hearing it, doing it:
“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” Things like gratitude, praise, worship. We have so much we can thank God for.
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
At least we’re walking, right? Psalm 91 (vs. 11-12) says that God’s angels will keep us from stubbing our toes, a loose translation. But that’s just a negative benefit. We’re also missing the positive when we choose to sleep our way through life. As if the state of the world isn’t alarming enough to wake us up. This, too, is negative and unless we open our eyes—to God, to His Word and His world—we’ll end up sidelined and miss out on the greatest opportunity to rejuvenate the world and, in turn, wake them up. We’re all here at this point in history for a reason. Let’s wake up and let God do it through us!
It’s “Watch and pray” (Matthew 26:41), remember? That’s what Habakkuk was doing when God answered him.
“I will stand upon my watch…” (Habakkuk 2:1)